This is exactly right. In order to pass any emotionally charged bill, it is first necessary to set the public at ease. We did that with concealed-carry, then the Motorist Protection act, then no renewal LTC classes, then 4 hr. classes instead of 10hr. classes, then open-carry. Each of those bills were met with opposition, but we were able to point to a good track record and no problems, thus eliminating the fears of most people even before the bills were filed. (Open-carry was a much harder battle because calming fears was a tough job as a result of counterproductive antics by others.)Liberty wrote:. . . Most people in Texas are comfortable with an armed public, and this is why we have come so far.Syntyr wrote:Liberty,Liberty wrote:
My suggestion to compare Arizona to Texas though wasn't to imply that it should be easier to pass the implementation, but rather we that we should be able to use data from Arizona to judge the success or failure of open carry. This might not be the time to pass Constitutional Carry, but it is the time to start making the case for it.
Totally agree on the validity of your statement. But the problem is the very statement itself requires that legislatures and their constituents use logic and think about an issue instead of using their feels. Unfortunately a majority of people nowadays rely on their feelings and even mentioning the word gun evoks a fight or flight response in them. Dont know how we get past it but I wish we could...
Unlicensed carry is a possibility, but not in 2017. The Legislature and the general public equates unlicensed carry with in-your-face people and organizations and only time will change opinions. How much time will depend largely on whether some people and organizations have learned anything from their failures.