After my false arrest last year while hiking with my son near Temple, I was awoken to the fact that Texas isn’t as gun-friendly as its reputation suggests.
I started Open Carry Texas to spread this message after being inspired by the overwhelming support my case brought me.
I never realized how difficult this fight would become or how low the gun control lobby would go. I also never anticipated the kind of friendly fire we would come under.
We have worked hard to remove the stigma of guns in society.
Never miss a local story.
Beginning at a young age, our children are inundated with educational propaganda proclaiming that guns are bad. Night after night, the media furthers this narrative by sensationalizing the worst aspects of humanity.
The gun control lobby engages in emotional brainwashing to further its attempts at disarming the American people. Research has shown that open carry deters crime, which is why we believe it is so important.
Enter Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and its media surrogates, which lie, distort and manipulate their way to the heart of their base and sunshine patriot gun owners.
We seldom encounter people who are frightened of our demonstrations, because we take measures to ensure that we are as friendly and unassuming as possible.
A few weeks ago, before the National Rifle Association issued a statement that called our efforts “weird” and “not neighborly,” we had stopped carrying long arms into businesses — even though we had been given approval to enter in nearly every instance.
While the NRA retracted its statements, the damage was already done.
The pro-gun elitists who believe our rights are subject to licensing and should be hidden from society quickly joined the gun control extremists in a chorus of dissent.
Nearly every email we got from so-called defenders of the Second Amendment demanded that we hide our guns because “they scare people” or that we are hurting “the cause.”
If the NRA is serious about getting open carry passed in Texas, we will work with them, but not for them. The NRA doesn’t hold the patent or the copyright on gun rights.
However, this isn’t a fight we should be having without mutual respect, admiration and trust. It would be arrogant and ignorant not to recognize the NRA’s tremendous success defending gun rights in America.
We will continue fighting in our own way to make Texas the 45th state to legalize the right to carry openly and the 31st state to do so without a license.
We will continue to work with the community and law enforcement on the ground.
We encourage you to see for yourself how we conduct ourselves. Observe or participate in an event in your area and objectively judge for yourself without the prism of media bias.
CJ Grisham of Temple is the founder and president of Open Carry Texas.