The prototypical pipe smoker of the past was a college professor with a salt-and-pepper beard wearing a worn out tweed jacket with leather patches on the elbow area.
When research showed that even secondhand smoke could be harmful, Professor Pipe was banned from restaurants, hotels, workplaces and every other area where people could be present.
Governmental agencies, local to national, created these prohibitions to protect the public.
These same agencies are now steadfastly working to make sure that individuals can open carry loaded weapons in all places public or private.
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Can I be the only person in Texas who would prefer not to have dinner with emotionally volatile, inebriated individuals who are armed to the gills?
It is pointless to stand in front of this freight train, so I can only ask the Legislature to leave loopholes in the law that permit at least some restaurants, schools, workplaces and the like to be gun free.
I would rather take my chances with Professor Pipe than a juiced-up Rambo, given the choice.
In lieu of this, perhaps the Legislature can make the Colt and quick draw holster that I purchase, to even the odds, tax-exempt.
— Steffen Palko, Fort Worth