My birthday is August 1st, however my birthday wish will not come true until September 1st, when “Constitutional Carry” is no longer against the law in Texas. I plan to wear my shoulder holster every day after that without fail.
What IS “Constitutional Carry”? It is this crazy idea postulated by the founding fathers that you have a “self-evident” right to defend yourself from bears, people – and especially people in the government. Many Texans are excited that the legislature has “passed a new law”, however the new status in Texas is correctly referred to as “CONSTITUTIONAL Carry”. Logically, anything that came before that was – by definition – UNconstitutional. Let me repeat myself for those with serious learning disabilities. RIGHTS ARE INHERENT!!! They cannot be granted by the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, or any other piece of paper, no matter how revered that paper may be. Let me paint you a picture. The government is not “helping me to breathe”. The government is finally “taking its foot off of my throat”. [deep sigh]
Here is my prediction for the near future. Television networks are going to broadcast short “human interest” stories about smiling Texans wearing their guns in public. (Note that pulling the gun out of the holster to show the cameras your favorite pistol constitutes “brandishing” a firearm, and is therefore still illegal.) In a few short weeks there will be a number of shootings that will cause the media to question the rationality of everyone carrying a gun. For a group euphemistically labeled “bleeding hearts”, they sure are squeamish at the sight of real blood. There may even be a false flag “mass shooting” that will be used to convince an ignorant and emotional public that we have returned to the “wild, wild, West”. However, in the long run, criminals will be hesitant to initiate violence because it is very likely to be fatal. The overall crime statistics will go down, as they have everywhere people have been allowed to defend themselves with guns. Sorry, liberals. Water will never flow uphill, no matter how much you wish or claim that it will. I am embarrassed that there are twenty states that reinstated Constitutional Carry before Texas did, but I hope there will be many others that will follow in our footsteps.
In the meantime, I am happy to confess that I lost a bet on this topic. I tend to be cynical and jaded, and I insisted that legislators would NEVER allow the public to carry guns without a permit. I have never been happier to be wrong. I bet my friend, Heather, that it would never happen, and I promised to take her to dinner at her favorite restaurant if it did. She has already picked the restaurant, and I have decided to wear my stainless .45, which is prettier and more appropriate for special occasions.
Paraphrasing Davey Crocket, “You can go to hell. I’m staying in Texas.”