Thursday Thoughts…

It’s been a slow work day. I’m in the position of having to wait for others to complete their tasks before I can do mine. It’s a bit chilly here in the basement/family room/home office. I have a space heater on, but it’s only keeping my right side warm.

I don’t like cold weather. It’s a pain—literally. I’ve seen 60 come and go. When I get cold, I get stiff, I hurt. Today is such a day. I can easily understand why the cats are lazing around in a sun spot, nice and toasty. I’m jealous envious.

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Last weekend I tried to get time to visit Cabelas to get some carry ammo for the M&P Compact. The Universe conspired against me so I ordered some via Cabelas’ website. The order arrived yesterday! That’s a three days service. Pre-Christmas rush and all. Can’t beat that!

I have a preference for Hornady Ammo. I’m cheap and I like the fact that Hornady ammo comes 25 rounds in a box, unlike the 20 rounds for Federal, Remington and Speer. I’ve been unable to determine that the other carry ammo is better in any way than carry ammo from Hornady. Not only does Hornady provide five additional rounds, it’s also $2 cheaper than Federal for the same type ammo (147gr JHP)

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There has been some discussion on other blogs and forums whether the Mumbai Massacre could happen in the US. It seems that just about everything has been discussed by the MSM, our open borders, lack of an area for training that wouldn’t be noticeable, and other obstacles, would prevent a similar attack from happening here.

I notice they ignore the fact that the majority of states have concealed carry. In some of these states, CCW holders are obligated to assist law enforcement. However, folks in New York and Chicago are on their own. They can’t carry except for the elite few. Guess the common folks just have to be resolved to being targets unlike their aristos.

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Open Carry for Texas.

Campaign asks Texans to support open-carry law for handguns

By ANNA M. TINSLEY
atinsley@star-telegram.com

They're setting their sights on Texas and coming out firing.

More than a month before the legislative session starts Jan. 13, gun-rights supporters are asking state lawmakers to pass an "open carry" law to let Texans stop covering up the guns they carry and wear them openly. They are putting their message on billboards, on banners on cabs and in radio ads, asking others to sign on to the cause.

"We are targeting Texas," said Mike Stollenwerk, co-founder of www.opencarry.org, a champion of the growing nationwide effort. "Texas is probably the most pro-gun state, but doesn't have open-carry laws.

"As Texans realize how restrictive their rights are...there will be an awakening. Get ready for a showdown in Austin come January."

Texas is somewhat of an open-carry battleground because it is one of only six states where handguns cannot, in some form, legally be worn in plain view. Texas residents may carry concealed handguns if they have a permit. More than 28,000 people have signed an online petition asking Gov. Rick Perry and the Legislature to make Texas an open-carry state.

"The only place we are spending money is Texas," said Stollenwerk, who owns a home in Killeen. "Who knows if we'll be successful? But at least it's on the agenda."

Some fear that pushing for open carry could bring more problems than solutions. "What are they trying to do?" Richard Leal of Texans for Gun Safety Laws told the Star-Telegram earlier this year. "Go back to Texas gunslinger days?"

Upcoming battle

When lawmakers get back to work in January, it will have been 14 years since they passed a concealed-carry law. Supporters say open carry is needed because under the concealed-carry law, gun owners can get in trouble for displaying their weapon even inadvertently, such as if a jacket covering it up blows back enough to show the gun.

"I want to be able to remove my suit jacket in the middle of a hot Texas August day without being labeled a criminal," said Ralph Carroll, who lives in Van Zandt County and works in Dallas. "I can drive east or west one state over, remove my jacket in the heat of the day and still be a perfectly legal citizen. But that same act in Texas will brand me a criminal — for no reason other than I live in Texas."

The other states that either don't allow, or highly restrict, the open carrying of handguns in public are New York, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Florida and South Carolina, according to OpenCarry.org. More than a dozen states require a license for open carry, and 11 more allow it but don't require licenses. Other states generally permit it, but with various restrictions.

Stollenwerk said a draft of a bill to allow open carry in Texas has been prepared. While several Texas lawmakers have said they'll support such a bill, none have stepped up to carry it.

"This is crunchtime before the session starts," Stollenwerk said. "If no legislator steps forward, we will try to amend a bill midstream to get it in somewhere."

Reaching out

OpenCarry.org kicks off its Texas campaign Tuesday with the message "We don't hide our colors, do we?" in Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. The ad encourages Texans to sign an online petition asking lawmakers to make Texas an open-carry state.

"We believe that law-abiding Texans should be free to proudly enforce their rights," the radio ad states.

Ian McCarthy of Dallas posted the online petition in November 2007. He said he forgot about it until www.opencarry.org picked up the effort this summer, and thousands of Texans began signing.

"It was just me trying to reach out to people," he said.

Carroll, a 48-year-old father of three, said many people's fears about the concealed-carry law — shootouts at four-way stop signs, mayhem in the streets — haven't come to pass. Similar fears about an open-carry law won't either, he said.

"I just simply want to ensure I have self-protection if the need arises," Carroll said. "The same reason I wear my seat belt, carry a spare tire and have a working fire extinguisher.".