Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Threatening Cargill/Loesch/Stickland only strengthens case for CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY....
"Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me."
Texas Firearms Celebrity Michael Cargill, national pundit Dana Loesch, and State Representative Jonathan Stickland are all friends of this website. They're also well known advocates for the second amendment. This past weekend, all three received identical threatening notes at their home.
[Author's Note: The actual letters are incredibly graphic to the point that we're not going to republish them, but you can see the note sent to Cargill here, Loesch here, and Stickland here.]
Obviously, those actions are chilling and unsettling. But, ironically, they strengthen case for lowering the costs and increasing the options for individual self defense. In other words, this is exactly why we should pass constitutional carry.
While Cargill, Loesch, and Stickland are in a position to surmount barriers to entry for firearms ownership, many Texans can't. Well known political figures have options, but the costs of protectionist licensing make lawful self-defense prohibitively expensive for vulnerable citizens. The woman in East Austin with a stalker ex-boyfriend should have the same options as a political figure with a public platform.
Then there's the fact that, at their core, these were terrorist threats. On a certain level, we have to laugh because anyone who thinks they can intimidate Michael Cargill, Dana Loesch, or Jonathan Stickland has clearly never met any of them. Nevertheless, the appropriate response to terrorism is to press forward.
There already was no excuse to not pass constitutional carry. This past weekend's letters only strengthened that case. But, unfortunately, we've seen this movie before.
Bottom Line: Ball's in your court #TXLEGE....