“Today is a day when Republicans and Democrats are united saying that we will live up to the promise of the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution—including the Second Amendment. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
With those words, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the open carry and campus carry bills into law Saturday. Open carry will go into effect Jan. 1, 2016, and campus carry takes effect on Aug. 1, 2016.
The governor signed one of the bills at Red’s Indoor Range, a popular gun store and shooting range in Pflugerville. Following the ceremony, he took the opportunity to fire off a few rounds.
“There is nothing more important in democracy than the voice of the people stepping up and saying ‘We expect the Constitution of the United States of America to be our guiding doctrine,’” concluded Abbott.
Armed Homeowner: “I Don’t Play, I’m Too Old For That”
An early morning home invasion in Pasadena, Texas, ended with the armed intruder being shot five times and taken into custody by police. Homeowner Roberto says he always keeps his handgun handy after he was robbed several years ago.
Roberto was doing some work on his home and had two contractors helping. But as they were leaving, one came back in and put a shotgun to Roberto’s face. “I don’t play,” Roberto stated. “I’m too old for that." After shooting the intruder five times, Roberto said that, “He’s lucky I didn’t shoot him again.”
One neighbor stands strongly in support of Roberto. “Cops can’t do it all,” said Bill Schoenbein. “I’ve got several guns to protect us in here and hopefully I can do it.”
Americans Want Their Guns
A new Rasmussen poll shows that Americans overwhelmingly prefer living in neighborhoods with guns. Sixty-eight percent of the voters surveyed said they would feel safer in a neighborhood where guns are allowed. Only 22 percent would feel safer living in a gun-free neighborhood.
Anti-gunners will likely find the results of this poll to be surprising—but they shouldn’t. Police officers can’t be everywhere, and they typically arrive after a crime has been committed. So to keep the crime from happening in the first place, it’s up to us to protect our homes and loved ones. And let’s face it, if you’re a criminal, which neighborhood would you target—the armed one, or the unarmed one?
We can only hope that legislators and lawmakers pay attention to this poll. Americans don’t want gun control. They want their guns.