Finally, after armed civil disobedience rallies at places all over Texas (proud to say I've spoken at three myself) we now have have open carry in Texas: At Shooting Range, Abbott Signs "Open Carry" Bill
But Gail Collins of the New York Times wails, "We’ve moved from the right to bear arms to the right to flaunt arms."
In Texas, where open carry had been banned since the post-Civil War era, protesters staged demonstrations all around the state, toting their guns to family restaurants and storming the State Capitol, where they confronted one unsympathetic lawmaker in his office. In response, the Legislature enabled House members to install panic buttons in their offices, and then legalized open carry for Texans with gun permits.
Get used to it, lady. In the process, she also admits the racist roots of gun control:
Some commentators have attributed the whole open-carry phenomenon to white American men trying to work out their insecurities. . . . Still, you can’t help but notice that there’s a certain demographic consistency to the people who are making a scene over their right to display arms. It wasn’t always that way. California passed its first ban on open carry in the 1960s in response to the Black Panther Party.
“The Legislature was debating an open-carry law when 30 Black Panthers showed up at the Statehouse with their guns,” said Adam Winkler, a professor of law at U.C.L.A. and the author of “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America.”“The same day Gov. Ronald Reagan made a speech, saying there’s no reason why a law-abiding person should be carrying a gun on the street.”Maybe the way to turn this debate around would bring new recruits into the gun rights movement. “If open-carry advocates today were Marxist-leaning black radicals,” said Winkler, “we might have a very different situation.”
Wouldn't make a darn bit of difference to me, but Collins admitting these racist roots of modern gun control is fine by me too. It is on a par with Bloomberg's admission he wants to disarm black folks.