Tag Archives: Open Carry Law

When Dildos are Outlawed only Outlaws will have Dildos

Thousands of UT-Austin students openly carried dildos and other sex toys to class this week in an hilarious protest against Texas’ law requiring public universities to allow open carry of weapons on campus.  Some believed that it might have been the largest anti-gun protest in Texas history.   The open display of the faux penises disturbed some. But as one protestor, Rosie Zander, put it, If you’re uncomfortable with dildos, how do you think I feel about your gun?” And just where did the students get all of the fake phalluses –  it turns out they were donated by purveyors of sex toys ranging from local sellers in Austin all the way to Singapore.

Red wonders what Ted Cruz – once a prominent supporter of Texas Anti-Dildo Law thinks about all this.

Gun Rights Advocates Quick to Exploit Tragic Death on UT Campus

Students for Concealed Carry quickly moved to exploit the tragic death of a UT Co-ed on campus last week.  UT-Austin is apparently one of the safest places on earth since there had not been a murder on campus in the almost 50 years since the UT Tower tragedy. For some the answer is no guns, for some the answer is always more guns.  Red lets you decide if the following makes any sense.  It seems so full of holes to Red, that commentary is unnecessary.

Imagine that you’re a 22-year-old woman walking back to your car after studying late at the UT library. As you reach for your car door, a man lunges from the shadows and grabs your other arm. Your adrenaline surges, and your mind goes to the concealed handgun tucked into your waistband. As the man twists your arm and tries to force you to the ground, your free hand grabs the gun. You draw it just as his free hand draws a knife from his pocket. You point the gun at your assailant, squeeze the trigger, and…CLICK. Per UT-Austin’s campus carry policy, your gun’s chamber is empty. Even if you had an extra second to chamber a round, you’d need both hands free to do so.

Now imagine that you’re a female university employee walking through that same garage when a man with a knife steps out in front of you. Your first instinct is to reach for the secret handgun pocket built into the side of your purse, but it’s empty. Because you’re never sure when your job will require you to visit an office that the occupant has declared “gun-free,” you’re seldom able to carry your gun on campus. According to state law, you have the right to carry a concealed handgun on campus, but thanks to university policy, you enjoy that right in name only.

The recent tragedy at UT-Austin should serve as a wakeup call to university administrators who seek to handicap LTC holders on campus.

 

New Meaning to “Get Your Guns Up!”

KHOU is reporting that Texas Tech will allow guns in the classroom.

Texas Tech University plans to ban guns in its recreation center, chapel and some dorms, but won’t prevent students with concealed handgun licenses from carrying in classrooms, the school announced Tuesday.

The policy, which was finalized by Interim President John Opperman, will be reviewed by the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents in April. Under state law, the board doesn’t have to approve the policy but can change it if it sees a need.

“I am confident we have submitted a set of recommendations that respects the spirit of the law while reflecting input from our community,” Opperman said. 

Worshipping at the Church of the NRA

At least one Dallas area parishioner is incensed about the  decision of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas to not allow open or concealed carry in its churches.  In fact, incensed enough to cut off tithing to the church and re-direct the money to the NRA.  He or she better hope that Wayne LaPierre is standing at the Pearly Gates instead of St. Peter.

Whataburger Prohibits Open Carry

Whataburger will continue to prohibit the open carrying of firearms in its restaurants despite the new Texas law which authorizes open carry.  The policy will be enforced in the company’s nearly 800 restaurants.

Preston Atkinson, Whataburger’s president and CEO, said customers who are licensed to carry concealed weapons will still be allowed to do so, but visible carrying of firearms will not be allowed.  According to a statement published on the company’s website.  While attempting to assuage potential backlash from the Second Amendment absolutists, Whataburger has made it clear that open carrying of firearms will not be tolerated at its restaurants.

Whataburger supports customers’ Second Amendment rights and we respect your group’s position, but we haven’t allowed the open carry of firearms in our restaurants for a long time (although we have not prohibited licensed conceal carry). It’s a business decision we made a long time ago and have stood by, and I think it’s important you know why.

But first, as a representative of Whataburger, I want you to know we proudly serve the gun rights community. I personally enjoy hunting and also have my concealed carry license, as do others at Whataburger.

From a business standpoint, though, we have to think about how open carry impacts our 34,000+ employees and millions of customers. We serve customers from all walks of life at more than 780 locations, 24 hours a day, in 10 states and we’re known for a family friendly atmosphere that customers have come to expect from us. We’re the gathering spot for Little League teams, church groups and high school kids after football games.

We’ve had many customers and employees tell us they’re uncomfortable being around someone with a visible firearm who is not a member of law enforcement, and as a business, we have to listen and value that feedback in the same way we value yours. We have a responsibility to make sure everyone who walks into our restaurants feels comfortable. For that reason, we don’t restrict licensed concealed carry but do ask customers not to open carry in our restaurants.

Red (who has enjoyed a good Whataburger since that fateful day his Dad first took him to a Whataburger in Victoria) will be ordering a No. 1 Combo with cheese and no onions and an unsweet iced tea for the drink in celebration of Whataburger showing some spine.