Vexatious litigant and embattled Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed another lawsuit to waste taxpayer dollars and deflect attention from his own considerable legal woes. Paxton is suing the City of Austin for an alleged violation of the state’s open carry law by banning guns from its city hall, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Red predicts that Mr. P will fail in his efforts to coerce Austin into complying with his Tea Party and NRA agenda. The language of the open carry law provides that guns can be prohibited in courts or “offices utilized by the court.” Austin’s city hall (and many others in Texas) frequently hold various types of court proceedings. Austin temple of local democracy, for example, hosts a community court for low-level offenders, and the City based its gun ban on that fact. Whether that’s actually a court is an open question. Three weeks ago, Paxton issued a non-binding AG’s opinion claiming there is no court in Austin’s city hall and threatened to sue Austin unless it blinked first. City officials apparently had little respect for the legal stylings of an indicted AG. Paxton, ever eager for a spotlight that will cement his Tea Party bona fides has now sued.
I brought a loaded .38 Special to Mass.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of El Paso has announced that it will not allow concealed or open carry in its churches. According to KFOX-14, the Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, Patricia Fierro, has indicated that the decision will into effect by next week.
KFOX14 wanted to find out how people felt about the diocese’s decision not to allow open carry.
Harry Sorensen, of West El Paso, says, “I think it’s a good idea on the church’s behalf. That’s their prerogative that they want to do. If they feel comfortable with people having weapons in the church that (is) their business.”
Daniel Fraire, of West El Paso, says, “I don’t think there’s any reason why we need guns in a church. Although, there have been attacks in a church so I can see why people would want to take their gun in a church in a way.”
Fierro doesn’t think their policy will impact whether people still go to their church.
“I’m thinking we might lose members if we allow them to bring guns into the church . . . But I think they’ll feel more secure if we keep the guns away.”
People have their own theories about the impact the decision could have on churchgoers.
Sorensen says, “They probably won’t go to church if they aren’t allowed to carry but that just depends on the person I suppose.”
“Why not see it both ways?” says Fraire.
He says, “Allow two separate Masses. Have one where guns are allowed and one where guns aren’t allowed. At least you can divide the people based on that.”
And the parishioners can fire in the air after the homily.
A group of New Black Panthers staged a protest in front of the Waller County Jail in Hempstead. The protestors were exercising their Second Amendment rights and their rights under Texas law and were armed with shotguns, hunting rifles and assault weapons. In an apparent panic of seeing black men legally armed in their streets, Waller County authorities called Harris County for support. Harris County sent 75 deputies and a plane to monitor the entirely legal protest by the 15 NBP’s. Fortunately, there were no incidents and no one was arrested or injured. Red wonders what the reaction of the Waller County authorities would have been to a similar group of armed Rednecks marching in their fair community demanding a return of Jim Crow. For the Redneck spin on the protest see Breitbart.