Inspire Others To Do The Same

Submitted by OCT: Houston Administrator Valente Gonzalez 

c2c20Have you ever been mobbed by anti-gunners? Do you feel pressured by the constant harassment of anti-gunners? I know how it feels. I work in a gun free zone; I have tried to get the employer to remove signs and to make us less of a target to no avail. I am looking at other ways to fix this situation; the employer says that they let us keep guns in our cars. I explain that is fine but that is the law, that isn’t something they can stop. This kind of interaction is called arguing. It is the way by which ideas are expressed, examined and challenged. Can you win every argument? No; but every argument gets people thinking, it gives you experience and when later you lick your wounds and research facts you find out how you were right.  You may not win an argument, sometimes the best you can do is just not lose an argument. Arguments are proving grounds for ideas.

Gun Control/Safety advocates cite misleading statistics that help them to prove their points; sometimes their facts are very misleading, because they cite gun crime, not all crime. They make a statement and end it with “Right” so you can agree with them, never agree with someone who is wrong. They will often try to alienate you by using peer pressure too, for example they will say, “Everyone believes gun control is good.” This is a false generalization designed to influence you so that you do not argue as confidently. Non-apologists (people who explain things) are sometimes at a loss to provide a rebuttal to their accusations, many times this is the first time that they have heard accusations negating their world view and many times this is the first time they have engaged in debate with people outside of their familiar mindset regarding such topics. They are frustrated and don’t know what to do or say to counter the “ideas” that another person is espousing.

So how does someone defend his/her rights from the relentless, mindless assault by the anti-gunners? To defend a position, you need to only remember that you are not the one wanting to change, you are normal; you are part of the reality they want to change. They seek to change reality by making you feel like you are the one seeking change rather than they. They try and perform a role reversal. Always remind them, they are part of the minority, always remind them that they are the ones going up against the silent majority. The Gun Control/Safety argument is something they want you to lose, or be incapable of defending. They want to shake your confidence so your ideas do not carry any weight. These people have ideas that are counter to our rights and many times they are working with only pure emotional appeal.

People defending a position logically cannot reason with emotion, unless they identify the emotion and call it out. Emotions that anti-gunners express are all forms of Resentment. Resentment of your rights and of your support of your rights can be categorized by bitterness, indignation, irritation, pique, dissatisfaction, disgruntlement, discontentment, discontent, bad feelings, hard feelings, ill will, acrimony, rancor, animosity, jaundice; More, anger, and outrage for your rights.

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Remember you are dealing with people whose objective has been set to destroy the second amendment as a personal life’s goal under the false guise of “gun safety” or gun control. You will never ever change it.  “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance” is an often paraphrased and true statement. You will never be able to stop paying the price for liberty. So get used to it, enjoy it and never give up the fight. The irony is that we are all fighting for the same thing: safety and security. We simply have fundamental differences how that is achieved.

It is impossible to win the debate with anti-gunner extremists, however we are not trying to convince them so much as we are trying to remind them that they don’t speak for everyone. The way to ensure that their ideas do not get any traction is to call them out and challenge them constantly by seeking out others of like mind and organizing and meeting with a group. Human nature is a curious thing, when humans band together to support a cause their political power increases, they are emboldened, and most importantly they will inspire others to do the same. When you get more people thinking the way you do then your idea will resonate and spread.

Stand up organize and “inspire others to do the same.”

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University of Texas Releases Campus Carry Recommendations

Beginning on August 1, 2016, the Campus Carry law goes into effect at all 4-year public universities (community colleges have until August 1, 2017). The law, SB 11, allows universities to “establish reasonable rules, regulations, or other provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on the campus of the institution or on premises located on the campus of the institution.” However, those rules and regulations can’t “generally prohibit or have the effect of generally prohibiting license holders from carrying concealed handguns on the campus of the institution.”

With that direction, the University of Texas campus carry working group released their list of recommendations for implementing the law. For the most part, we are satisfied with their recommendations with the understanding that ANY restrictions are too many. However, our satisfaction is only relayed in the context of the law as written and not on our personal beliefs that any location where a gun is prohibited is unsatisfactory.

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Why Not Carry In K-12?

guninschoolBy CJ Grisham, President, OCT

With Campus Carry less than a year away in Texas, Universities are scrambling to find as many places to ban the concealed carry of a handgun by licensed Texans as possible. Since the bill passed in June, liberals in student government and the educational elite have kicked into high gear to oppose the law in any possible.

One of the talking points by the left is that guns need to be banned around the kids. “We need to protect the kids.” Universities are already releasing their recommendations and top of the list is any building or area where there is a dual credit high school presence or a child care facility. This begs the questions, “What makes a child care facility any more or less dangerous than anywhere else on campus?”

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ANTI-CAMPUS CARRY PROFESSORS TAKE A DECIDEDLY UNACADEMIC APPROACH TO ACITVISM

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AUSTIN, TX – For a group ostensibly founded and run by professional researchers, Gun Free UT makes numerous claims that wouldn’t pass peer review. While much of the organization’s literature and talking points are just plain ridiculous—for example, a statement from the Warfield Center for African and African American studies, declaring, “[W]e demand that firearms be banned in all spaces occupied by Black people on our campus”—others are factually and statistically indefensible.

There is no disputing the fact that Texas concealed handgun license (CHL) holders are convicted of violent crimes at approximately 1/5 the rate of the general population. However, Gun Free UT claims, “Conviction rates are unreliable, because CHL holders tend to escape prosecution.” The group’s only source for this claim is a link to an article titled “Why Americans Don’t Treat Fatal Gun Negligence as a Crime”—an article that neither explicitly nor implicitly makes the claim in question. Instead, the article is about America’s reluctance to convict individuals responsible for fatal gun accidents. Nothing in the article suggests that America’s unwillingness to convict for negligent shooting deaths is more applicable to CHL holders than to the general population; therefore, Gun Free UT’s claim is completely without merit.

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Turncoats of the Texas Legislature

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Law enforcement across the state are gearing up to harass you for lawful open carry just for exercising your rights thanks to a spineless House of Representatives. The Department of Public Safety is actively telling them they have that authority and Chief Law Enforcement Officers are likewise pushing this mindset to their troops on the line.

During debate of House Bill 910, Representatives Matt Rinaldi (R) and Harold Dutton (D) offered an amendment that would have protected Texans who chose to open carry their handguns. The concern was that law enforcement would harass law abiding citizens going about their normal daily businesses solely based on the act of open carrying. To address this issue, two amendments were offered – one in the House and one in the Senate. The amendment passed near unanimously on a 133-10 vote in the House, with those “no” votes being Democrats. They wanted to make clear that in passing this bill, law enforcement had no authority to stop and ID Texans SOLELY based on the act of open carrying a holstered handgun.

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An Open Letter to Business

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By: CJ Grisham

With the legalization of open carry of modern handguns by licensed Texans just around the corner, the standard narrative is being furthered by anti-gun fear mongers in the media and on the left. Their target: Texas businesses.

Democrat state representative Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio) is even going so far as to buy signs that will ban open carry in businesses and providing them free of charge.

“By providing these signs, I hope to help give customers and business owners peace of mind. I believe it is important to do all we can to help business owners create the atmosphere that best suits them,” Bernal said in an email blast to constituents.

Some form of open carry is legal in forty-four other states. In some states, open carry is only legal in a vehicle. In other states, the licenses to open carry are nearly impossible to obtain, making the practice that much more difficult to do. However, 33 states allow open carry without any permit whatsoever (five states allow constitutional carry, which is open or concealed carry without a license). Continue reading