YouView: Guns in Plain Sight? A Bad C...

YouView: Guns in Plain Sight? A Bad Choice for Texas

There are 5 comments on the NBC 5i Dallas/Fort Worth story from Jul 7, 2008, titled YouView: Guns in Plain Sight? A Bad Choice for Texas. In it, NBC 5i Dallas/Fort Worth reports that:

Some Texans, especially members of the Texas Citizens Defense League, are asking Gov.

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Killeen, TX

#1 Jul 13, 2008
Mr. Dudley,

I am for the right to open carry in our great state. As a gun owner and life-long hunter, it makes extremely good sense to advertise that you will defend yourself if attacked. As for life in the metroplex, or any large city, I can see the downside. Most people in these populations live with a sense of anonymity and tend to push the limits of law more frequently than those in small communities--and by small communities I mean those with less than 100k citizens, and not the suburban townships and cities surrounding the DFW area that have all but been absorbed. I was raised in one of these small communities where every neighbor holds the next accountable, and the law is the law--and many times what is common practice there becomes lore for redneck jokes and stories in the big city. I also lived in the metroplex for 10 years until two years ago when I moved away, back to the small community more in line with my personal values. Times have become progressively worse in the DFW area, and I would be willing to bet that an unbiased study would show the encroachment of illegal residents as a direct effect. I believe also that the large majority of these transients are only doing what the rest of us do--work hard and take care of your family. But to ignore obvious statistics is just stupid. Violent crimes are something that most of us think will never happen to us, and it has become taboo to discuss it as the conversation will suffer an inevitable turn to where these crimes are occurring, and we have now been forced to label ourselves as racist and stereotypical for stating known facts. There is the affordability factor to consider as well. As you said, your friend is "scraping up the money" for his firearm, and good for him. Those who have relied on black market weapons in the past will continue to do so, and it will remain just as illegal. If they could afford to buy one legally, it would make things much easier to track them down, as violent crime will remain their intent. Of course I don't believe that only people who can afford guns should have them--I think every law-abiding CITIZEN should have the right to defend themselves equally against their assailants. It is my personal belief that the open carrying of firearms will not result in any greater number of shootings, accidental or intentional, and that the "bad elements" that you're worried will also enjoy the right to carry, will find themselves also openly advertising to police and the rest of us just how big a threat they are. I would not be opposed at all to requiring gun safety courses, as I myself have completed. Just as we all must prove the ability to operate a vehicle, so should we prove our ability with a firearm. You must admit that I could just as easily kill someone or myself with a motor vehicle, so why pretend that permitting my to carry a firearm would make me a greater danger. There are obvious exceptions and I trust that our lawmakers have taken this into consideration. And I do not believe for a second that our recreational rights will ultimately be reduced. A worse-case-scenario would be a return to the way things are now, and neither of us have any complaints at present. If you must move because things don't go your way, then I suspect you'll be moving quite frequently as all states will have some law that you don't agree with and that affects your perception of safety. Besides, that will leave more hunting to me!

United States

#2 Jul 16, 2008
Yeah, what he said.

United States

#3 Jul 16, 2008
I with Chris all the way!!! I also was raised with hunting and fishing as my past time. In my home State it is legal to carry a weapon in full view. I believe it should be every where it would show the thungs that want to jump someone in the shopping center parking lot as happened just last night, back off A** hole. If you read the posting on Dallas for today last night they had a series of robberies all in the same area. They got lucky and were able to arrest the two involved after some people were held up at gun point and scared out of their pants. I say "YES" let us carry.

“Liberty is Contagious”

Since: May 08

Fort Worth, TX

#4 Jul 16, 2008
Mr. Dudley,
When you decide to move give me a call. I would like to expedite your exit from Texas as soon as possible. I would like to address your points that you made and failed to back up with any evidence at all.
Dudley wrote:
It will re-enforce stereotypes about Texans as gun-slinging, Wild West people living in the past.
Frankly, who cares, if people want to live in ignorance they are welcome to do so.
Dudley wrote:
It will inflame already high tensions between black and Latinos in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Why are you not going to allow Blacks and Latino's to carry guns? Sir, the longer we divide ourselves into groups the longer racism will flourish.
Dudley wrote:
It will give rise to citizen-applied justice if problems along the border increase and illegal immigration continues to increase.
Or just maybe it will allow citizens the opportunity to defend themselves when law enforcement is 20-30 minutes away. A lot of really bad things can happen in that time.
Dudley wrote:
It will, in the end, reduce the rights of citizens to carry arms and to enjoy recreational target practice or hunting activities.
Please explain this. You have no argument or evidence backing any of your claims. Look at Arizona, they are the poster child for open carry and it has been very successful there.

United States

#5 Jul 16, 2008
Law enforcement 20 or 30 minutes away, in most case as far as the city of Dallas if you get an officer in 30 minute you had better consider yourself lucky. If some of the Dallas officer that are so impressed with themselves being in uniform would do the job and stop trying to show off for friends or family.

Just do the job you agreed to do for the money you agreed to do it for and stop bucking the system. Chief Kunkle still has a long battle ahead of him weeding out the useless officers. When Ben Click was police chief the city of Dallas had a department they could be proud of. But when Bolton went into office the department slowly went to h*** week by week. The man distroyed a fine department and it is going to take sometime to straighten it out. I just hope the city major, manager etc. will let Kunkle continue to do his job. They are already talking about replacing him cause it is not turning fast enough.

Guess what, it is not going to turn fast, first he has to find the problems then he has to have just cause to get rid of them. There are so many of them covering up for each other it is rediculous.

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