Open Carry in Texas – Balance Your Rights with Discretion
Here we go Texas! The open carry law is on the books and in effect in Texas, as of January 1, 2016. And, while I support the law, as a means of continuing to solidify and express the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, I’m here to tell you that open carry (with a few exceptions) is a poor tactical approach to your personal safety. The value of the element of surprise in tactical conflicts cannot be over-stated. A violent criminal and/or terrorist seeking to do you harm is at a disadvantage if that bad-guy has no knowledge of your being armed with a pistol. This is, by the way, why gun-free zones are so popular with violent criminals and terrorists.
While I’m not a Texan by birth, I did “get here as fast as I could”, as the popular bumper sticker reads. And, I’m proud to live in a state that fully recognizes the rights granted to U.S. citizens and continues to develop freedoms for its own citizens. But, I’ve talked with a few very accomplished folks in the law enforcement community for years now, and it’s unanimous – literally no one thinks open carry is your best tactical approach for self-defense.
So, demand your government preserve and expand your rights as a citizen at every level – federal, state, and local. But, use caution and be thoughtful about how you exercise those rights. That’s what a patriot does. That’s what we should all aim to do.