First let me preface this by stating I support the Second Amendment of The Constitution of The United States of America which states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” I would bet that the founding fathers could have never imagined that we would live in the country we live in now.
I would venture to say the Founding Fathers imagined that the country would not last as long as we have considering the types of diseases and problems that plagued the fledgling nation. What this amendment means to me is that I have the right to own a firearm and to protect my family and property. In today’s society, especially in places like the Great State of Texas, people want to make laws in their states that changes the meaning of this important amendment to suit them and not stay true to what the Founding Fathers intended with the Second Amendment.
On Tuesday March 17th the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature Senate approved and sent to the House Senate Bill 17 which will create a law allowing individuals with a current Concealed Handgun License (CHL) to no longer have to conceal their handguns. This means individuals will be allowed to wear a shoulder or waist holster and carry their handguns pretty much anywhere in public. I do believe the law will still restrict the possession of firearms by individuals in any business that makes 51% or more of their revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages. What this also means is that Texas is on the verge of making it way to easy for individuals to carry weapons.
Who will be responsible for ensuring that every person walking around, riding public transportation, at restaurants etc. are actually licensed to carry those handguns? I can guarantee you that there will probably be more individuals open carrying that are not licensed than are licensed. Why do I say this? Have you seen and heard about the violence going on in this nation lately? I have and frankly it scares me. I would love to think that my above statement will not be the case, but it will.
On Wednesday March 18th the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature Senate took the first step to a full Senate vote to approve and send to the House Senate Bill 11 which, get this, will allow individuals to carry concealed handguns on all campuses of Higher Education Institutions. The bill is expected to be fully approved and sent to the House tomorrow March 19th. This particular bill does allow Private Higher Education Institutions to place restrictions or opt out.
My concern with this bill is that the Texas Legislature did not listen to the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System, Texas A&M University System, the board of many of the community colleges, other larger four year universities across the state, students of the institutions that were against the passage of this bill. How can you be elected and not listen to your constituents? These people get elected and they go to Austin and only pay attention to their big money donors and the fear mongers.This bill is just creating opportunities for individuals whether they be students, faculty or staff to snap for any reason. Could this happen without this bill being passed, yes, but this bill just opens the door without the knock.
I believe both of these bills are not needed and in the end will cost the tax payers of Texas more money due to our having to pay for more prisons, more court trials and more healthcare costs in the event victims do not have proper healthcare. The 84th Session of the Texas Legislature Senate has taken the first step to removing the true meaning of the Second Amendment, the Texas House is set to take the second step later in the session, and our newly sworn in Governor Greg Abbott is already warming up the pen to sign them into law!!! Gotta love my Great State of Texas!!! Until next time that’s “What’s Rattling My Cage!”