Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Letters to the Editor

June 18, 2014

‘Open carry theory fails the real world test’

JACKSONVILLE — According to CJ Grisham, founder and president of “Open Carry Texas”, many Americans have been emotionally brainwashed by the gun-control lobby to fear the open carrying of handguns.  “It’s their attempt to totally disarm us,” said Grisham.

He claims that he and his group are trying to remove the stigma associated with guns in our society by having his group gather at stores and restaurants with members carrying their loaded shotguns and semi-automatic weapons. Grisham fervently claims that openly carrying firearms is a proven means to deter crime.  

He often sites “The Old West” as a basis of his belief in “open carry” laws. Crisham has apparently misread events leading up to the “Old West’s” most famous shoot-out at the OK Corral. That event occurred in Tombstone, Arizona, in 1879, and was the direct attempt by law enforcement officers of the town (the Earp brothers) to take away the openly carried side arms of Ike and Billy Clanton.  That town of 3,400 even back then had come to realize that openly carrying pistols into town was dangerous and tried to prevent “open carry.”  Mr. Grisham’s “open carry” theory was proven wrong again this time in Lakewood, Washington, on November 29, 2009.  

Four police officers all openly wearing their pistols were shot to death in Forza’s Coffee Shop as they sat working on their laptop computers prior to the start of their shift.

Their shooter, Maurice Clemmons, was not deterred in the least by the officers’ openly carried pistols. Just last week in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mr. Grisham’s “open carry theory” was put to the test again. This time two police officers openly carrying weapons were shot to death as they sat in a Cici’s restaurant.  The shooters, Jerad and Amanda Miller, seemed not in the slightest deterred by the officers’ openly carried weapons.

In each of these cases, it appears that Mr. Grisham’s “open carry theory” fails the “real world test.”  

 Terry Thompson

Jacksonville

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