Earlier this week, I wrote about Open Carry Activists acting the fool in the state capitol. I used the word threatening which some of our readers took issue with and I further clarified that threatening behavior is most decidedly up for interpretation. Reading the news this morning, it looks as if the duly elected representatives down here in Texas not only felt threatened, they’ve decided to do something about it . . .
The Houston Chronicle reports that as of midday yesterday, the House had approved rules to allow members of Congress to eject citizens from their offices and provided a framework for them to install panic buttons to summon Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers to their location in case of emergency.
Martinez Fischer’s rule change formally will allow House lawmakers to eject members of the public from their offices “at their discretion,” and also would allow offices to install panic buttons that would immediately alert the Department of Public Safety. Offices could recoup the cost of the DPS buttons through a payment plan.
Kory Watkins of Come and Take It Tarrant County turned the knob to 11:
Reached for comment Wednesday, Watkins said, “We need a panic button for people who don’t obey their oath to Constitution.”
As I stated previously, the behavior of a very vocal minority has threatened the prospects of legal and legitimate open carry coming to the Lone Star State. So here we are, on the third day of the legislature, no closer to getting OC legislation on the books, but with provisions for legislators to throw people out of their offices on their whim. I fail to see how Tuesday’s efforts were a win for gun owners. Or anyone else.