Apparently the perceived right to open carry a weapon is more important than life itself, according to Cop Block and Open Carry Tarrant County coordinator Kory Watkins. Watkins has been the face of the open carry movement in Texas and has not only been actively protesting for the ability to carry a weapon in public without a license, but he’s also been involved in harassing police officers at DUI checkpoints while armed with an assault rifle.
His latest actions come after threats he made toward recently elected Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who said that a bill to allow open, unlicensed carry of handguns would probably not be a priority to the Texas Legislature during this session.
Kory Watkins, leader of Open Carry Tarrant County, recently posted a chilling video to his Facebook page that appears to level threats at state lawmakers.
The video was quickly taken down from Facebook but was salvaged on YouTube. It appears to build on Watkins’ veiled threats to the office of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick last week.
In the video, Watkins states that he is frustrated with what he calls games legislators are playing with his push for so-called “Constitutional carry” rights.
He then goes on to suggest that failure to open Texas up to open carry of pistols without any licensing requirements is tantamount to treason.
“We should demanding these people give us our rights back or it’s punishable by death. Treason. Do you understand how serious this is Texas?” Watkins asks.
Earlier in the video, he suggests the time has come for guns rights activists to move beyond peaceful protests. (Source)
The anti-government and anti-law enforcement rhetoric from Open Carry Tarrant County and Open Carry Texas has been ratcheting up more and more. Now it seems that at least one individual is at the very least stating that lawmakers who will not go along with what he believes to be his interpretation of the Constitution are guilty of treason, and should be killed. Put aside how ridiculous this whole open carry debate has been and let’s just look at what Kory Watkins (who seems to be nuttier than a squirrel turd) is saying. He believes that it is his right as an American citizen and resident of Texas to strap a pistol on his hip and go wherever he wants with it, without a license. Any lawmaker who refuses to pass legislation which allows him to do so is apparently guilty of treason, and forfeits their right to life for his assumed right to carry a gun in public.
The video was posted early Wednesday, just hours after the Chronicle reported agreement is coalescing among lawmakers that unlicensed open carry has little chance of becoming law this session. Sen. Joan Huffman, a Houston Republican who chairs the Senate State Affairs Committee that will hear the gun bills, said she was heeding concerns from law enforcement and constituents that allowing unlicensed open carry “could create some chaos in an ordered society.” (Source)
In some states, including here in Louisiana, you can open carry a handgun without a license. However, it’s a rare day when you’ll see someone actually do that, because there are few better ways to get knocked in the back of the head and have your gun stolen than displaying your weapon for all to see.
Despite many of the other bad laws in place, Texas has it right by prohibiting the open carry of modern handguns by private citizens. Unfortunately, a loophole in the law does allow the open display of long guns, including AK 47 assault rifles, which seem to be a favorite for Kory Watkins.
It’s a safe bet to say that in many other industrialized countries, the actions of Kory Watkins would have either gotten him killed or institutionalized by now. Like many other gun nuts (which are different from gun owners), his interpretation of the 2nd Amendment is self-centered and put his rights over the rights of everyone else. Texas is doing the right thing by not allowing open carry of handguns, and they should also close the long gun loophole which will put an end to these armed demonstrations.
Watch the video below and decide for yourself if his remarks are over the line:
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