Victory by Gun Rights Activists
Last Monday, the Senate invited the public to come share their thoughts on an important topic: Removing Barriers to the Second Amendment. We carried the day: out of 55 witnesses, we had 50 gun rights activists show up, stick it out, and make their voice heard in favor of gun rights. (See the witness list HERE. Most of those who are listed as testifying “on” the issue testified in favor.)
Congratulations to all of YOU who testified, many of you for the first time ever. Thank you for coming.
In testimony, many different angles were presented, including the unconstitutionality of a permit requirement, the atrocity of gun-free zones, historical background, and statistics that prove freer gun laws will help to prevent crime. Multiple witnesses spoke in favor not only of open carry, but of full Constitutional Carry (carry anywhere, open or concealed, no permit required).
Rachel Malone testified representing Texas Firearms Freedom, presenting a case for Constitutional Carry. Read the testimony here, or listen to the video which includes a bit of her personal background on the issue.
Another powerful testimony was the letter written by 1st Lt. Patrick Cook who witnessed a fellow soldier being fatally shot at the recent Ft. Hood shooting:
Nearly a week later, I can still taste his blood in my mouth from when I and my comrades breathed into his lungs for 20 long minutes while we waited for a response from the authorities. . . . I know it will happen again. More will die, more will be wounded, more families will be torn apart, needlessly. It happened again, and will happen again, because Fort Hood is a gun free zone.
CLICK HERE to read the rest of the letter.
Watch the Committee Hearing
Did you miss the hearing? You can still watch the video. It’s encouraging and inspiring to see all of our activists giving testimony.
CLICK HERE to watch the full committee hearing.
The gun rights portion begins around 3:51:00. A few invited speakers give lengthier testimony at the beginning. After that, each citizen who came and signed up to speak has 3 minutes apiece.
Be Ready for 2015!
Keep in mind that, since we are between legislative sessions right now, there are no bills pending. This interim hearing was called for the purpose of hearing from the people of Texas their thoughts on gun law, particularly open carry. This gives the legislators an idea of what to expect or prepare for when they are actually in session.
The next legislative session (84th Regular Session) is scheduled to run January-May 2015. Please plan now to be available to come testify in these hearings. We need as many people as possible to show up, stick it out, and make their voice heard. It’s effort, time, and sacrifice that you won’t regret. Be there.
In Their Own Words….From Our Activists
From Kathy P:
Dropped everything for a very short notice to testify before the Texas Senate committee on behalf of open carry in Texas. 3am is early…..but it’s well worth it. There are a ton of people who dropped everything and came today. It’s exciting.
From Diana R:
Scary but empowering. For the first time in a long time I feel like I’m being heard. E-mails, letters and phone calls are OK but not the same.
From Terry Holcomb, Sr.:
It was empowering seeing so many citizens come together to address their grievances against the unconstitutional restrictions on the right to open carry. If you want to really make a difference for liberty, this is how to do it.
From Richard B.:
Follow up with your particular Representative and Senator and don’t let them forget.
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