firsttimechl wrote:I'm new to these forums and have only posted in one topic previously, but I have something to say. I believe it's rational, intelligent, and well-considered, and I assume those qualities aren't frowned upon in a gun rights discussion, so here goes:
The drive to lift any real or habitual restriction on open carry in Texas is not a drive to secure new rights; it is not an attempt to carve out a parochial, niche allowance that benefits a fairly small minority of Texas residents. The drive to reestablish the right to open carry a handgun in Texas is a drive to declare the fundamental liberty to which Man is entitled. While I understand and appreciate the motivations, strategic or otherwise, of those who favor endorsing campus carry over open carry, I don't understand how such a relatively-inconsequential microcosm of gun rights has gained such traction among those who strive toward greater liberty for gun owners. I fear there is far too much John Boehner at work, here, and we've just seen what happens when his ilk are allowed to hold sway. Regardless, the state of Texas has a golden opportunity, particularly in these emotion-driven times, to assert the primacy of liberty on the national stage by taking an unshakable stand in favor of open carry. Such a stand would do infinitely more for the promotion of gun rights than would quibbling over something so relatively innocuous as campus concealed carry. If we are to think strategically, should we not think strategically?
As others have posted, open-carry merely deals with how CHL's can carry a handgun, not whether or where guns can be carried. Campus-carry will save lives, open-carry will not. This is not "quibbling over . . . innocuous . . . campus concealed carry."
". . . far too much John Boehner at work, here, . . ."
What do you mean by this and who are you referencing.