The so-called Constitutional Carry law would permit open or concealed carry without a permit and would eliminate the basic training criteria for firearm proficiency and safe handling.
And that is what Chris McNutt executive director of Texas Gun Rights was getting.
Until he took it upon himself to act in anger over of the lack of movement of Bedford Republican Rep. Jonathan Stickland’s House Bill 357 a Constitutional Carry bill.
After posting rants on Facebook McNutt went to House Speaker Dennis Bonnen’s home knowing that Bonnen was in Austin leaving his wife and teenage sons at home.
“If politicians like Speaker Dennis Bonnen think they can show up at the doorsteps of Second Amendment supporters and make promises to earn votes in the election season, they shouldn’t be surprised when we show up in their neighborhoods to insist they simply keep their promises in the legislative session,” McNutt said in the statement.
Other gun rights activists in comments on Facebook have urged Bonnen to advance the gun legislation, with some suggesting more threatening messages.
“Drag ‘Im Out … To The Nearest Tree,” wrote one commenter last week. “He has an address.. just like everyone else,” wrote another.
Previously McNutt visited the homes of Reps. Dustin Burrows of Lubbock and Four Price of Amarillo so the police were hip and intercepted McNutt when he reached the Speakers home.
On Friday, Bonnen strongly condemned McNutt and his actions, calling them a demonstration of “insanity” and him an “overzealous advocate for criminals to get a gun.” Bonnen said his home was placed under surveillance by the Department of Public Safety after McNutt went to the Burrows and Price homes.
“If you want to talk about issues and you want to advocate, you do it in this building. You don’t do it at our residences,” Bonnen said. “Threats and intimidation will never advance your issue. Their issue is dead.”
Bonnen was especially upset that McNutt had gone to their district residences when the legislators were in Austin but their families were at home. Burrows has three boys under the age of 7, Bonnen said.
According to the Open Society Institute, Texas received a score of negative six (−6) when evaluated on the restrictions imposed by its gun control laws. Each state was scored on 30 criteria, with each criterion assigned a maximum numeric value between 0 and 7. States scoring highest on each criterion are considered to have the toughest gun laws. The only states scoring lower than Texas are Alaska, Louisiana, and Maine.
Texas Governor Gregg Abbott’s response to the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School was to put more guns in schools by arming everyday civilian employees. That bill just passed the Senate and now goes to the house for debate.
It’s personal now for the Speaker and other lawmakers
It’s obvious from the angry response that Speaker Bonnen was rightfully fearful when these armed men attempted to intrude on their lives and their private property.
I hope that other lawmakers can now begin to understand the fear that Texas school children felt as they were being slaughtered in their schools. Texan school children need universal background checks to include gun show sales. And they desperately need the weapons of war to be taken off the street.