The second amendment was established to allow Americans to protect themselves from the government. It’s not about hunting, it’s not about foreign enemies. It’s about protection from a corrupt government.

Lunch Break at the Gun Range

Do you know what tomorrow is?

Tomorrow is the day that a new law goes into effect in the State of Texas which forbids your employer from firing you for having a handgun securely locked in your own personal vehicle while it’s parked on company property.

Those who work near a gun range can now spend their lunch breaks doing a bit of target practice.

Talk about your mid-day stress relief.

Guess I should start melting down the rest of that last 150 pound batch of wheel weights pretty soon and start churning out more practice ammo with the Dillon Square Deal B. I’m going to be spending lots of lunch breaks at the range from now on and my colleagues will have to get used to the faint odor of cordite in those afternoon meetings. They won’t mind, some of them are going to be doing the same thing…except they buy that expensive factory ammo and can’t afford to do it as often.

There’s been a great deal of controversy over this new law. Conservatives and even Libertarians have been divided over it because a valid argument can be made that business owners should have every right to control what enters their property while individual employees should not be restricted from having a means of self defense in their car while traveling to and from work.

That is the true and valid controversy around this law. The argument that employees having weapons in their vehicles would raise the incidence of workplace shootings is, in my opinion, irrelevant. Whether it results in my workplace shootings or not, you do not restrict freedom and liberty based simply upon a risk that it will be abused or have an adverse affect for a few folks. I freely admit that they may be nut-cases out there who will fly off the handle and go grab a gun out of their car during an office altercation when they wouldn’t if they had time to cool down without the immediate convenience of a nearby accessible weapon.

But I doubt that’s going to happen. And I seriously doubt it’s going to happen often.

I believe it is far more likely that there will be circumstances where crimes are prevented and innocent lives are saved due to someone having a handgun in their car parked in the employee lot.

Freedom always has a price, and often comes with risk. Accept it or live at the mercy and whim of others.

Let The Texans Run

For those who think that the political landscape in Texas is as flat and stereotypical as the central plains:

George Bush was not a cowboy. He owns a ranch, which would make him a rancher, but not necessarily a cowboy. He employed some cowboys on his ranch, and he used to watch other cowboys at Texas stadium sometimes; for a while he actually owned a bunch of Rangers, but they didn’t carry guns. A bunch of Rangers that did carry guns protected him for a while when he was governor.

I wasn’t crazy about President George W. Bush, but I liked him much better than I like President Barack H. Obama.

Rick Perry is not a cowboy, either. But he wears cowboy boots with a suit because he is a Texan and thus can get away with it. In Texas, it is not pretentious for someone who is not a cowboy to wear cowboy boots, and they can do it in church as well as at the ranch. Rick Perry is also often surrounded by Rangers with guns, and is known to tote a concealed handgun himself, not because he has a special right to as governor, but because he is a Texas citizen with who is allowed to carry one under the Concealed Handgun License laws just like any other non-convict law abiding Texas citizen.

Governor Perry and I both tote guns not just because we’re Texans, but because the second amendment of the United States Constitution says we can.

I wouldn’t be ecstatic about a President Rick Perry, but I’d like it a lot better than President Barack H. Obama.

Just because I am a Texan does not necessarily mean I agree with the political philosphy or aspirations of either George W. Bush or Rick Perry (I don’t). But I admire the fact that they are both Texans and seem to be stand-up guys. I don’t think Barack H. Obama is a stand-up guy, but that’s just my opinion.

Because I am Texan and have a heavy accent I am unable to prononce the words “Norfolk”, “Yonkers”, or “Mianus, Connecticut” without embarrassment. Just the same as you eastern folks who can’t say “Tawakoni”, “Bexar”, or “Mexia”.

Ron Paul is a Texan. I like his political philosophy and have voted for him in the past. I may vote for him in the future. I don’t know if he totes a gun, but I know he is fine with me toting one. I know a lot of other Texans who think that Ron Paul is a total nut job. I know a lot of other Texans who think I am a total nut job. I think Ron Paul is the most stand-up guy I’ve ever seen in the world of state and national politics. I’ve never caught him in a lie. Period. I’ve seen good men do bad things and bad men do good things, but I’ve never seen Ron Paul do a bad thing.

I know some Texans who like Barack Obama. They don’t like me.

I know some Texans who like Mit Romney (who is not a Texan, by the way). Most of them don’t like me, either.

I carry a gun. I wear boots. Not cowboy boots: Bates military and police service boots. Because I got used to them when I was a cop.

I don’t ride a horse. I ride a motorcycle.

I ride a BRITISH motorcycle, and I don’t have any patriotic twinges of guilt over it. I don’t believe Harley riders should feel any guilt over the front wheels on their bikes that are made in Japan, either. Nor do I think Triumph riders in England should feel bad about the ignition switches on their bikes stamped “assembled in the Netherlands”.

I don’t wear a cowboy hat. I don’t wear a baseball cap. I sometimes wear a doo-rag.

I don’t own any cattle, but I am known to eat them with a sprinkling of Lowry’s seasoned salt and charbroiled rare on a Weber Kettle grill.

I will kill anyone who is within reach that is actively posing a physical threat to the life of one of my loved ones. I will stand up for anyone else who does the same for their loved ones, Texan or not.

I am like most Texans, totally unique.

Label us and put us in a box all you want. We all know the truth. Texans are varied and opinionated, and nearly all of them are proud as hell to be Texans…that’s about all we got in common.

Let the Texans have a shot at the national stage. ALL of ’em.

And by ALL OF ‘EM I mean Ron Paul. The media seems to think he’s Betelgeuse and something terrible will happen if they admit he exists.

He’s another Texan.

– Tim Frazier

This article was inspired by An Open Letter to the National Media – Subject: Texas by Kyrie O’Connor.

How Long Does a Texas CHL Renewal Take?

The answer is 49 days (for me, anyway):

03/14/2011
Submitted renewal application and fee on line

03/27/2011 (13 days after submitting online fee)
Attended David Gilreath’s CHL class for renewal training and proficiency test

03/28/2011 (1 day after completing class)
Mailed applicant paperwork to DPS

04/22/2011 (25 days after mailing paperwork)
Status on the Texas DPS CHL web utility finally changed from “Awaiting materials from applicant” to: “Background Check: Under Review”

04/27/2011 (5 days after last web status change)
Status changed to “Concealed Handgun License : Manufacturing Pending”

04/29/2011 (2 days after last web status change)
Concealed Handgun License: Mailed

05/02/2011 (3 days after last web status change)
CHL arrived today via the local mailman. It now resides next to my DL and I’m good to pack heat until August of 2016.

Rape in Grapevine May be Your Fault

Bad stuff happens, even in the Christmas capital of Texas where William D. Tate is revered and the local police department’s motor officers patrol three abreast on every other street on their shiny Harleys running lidar and generating tons of revenue off those villainous speeders.


View more videos at: http://www.nbcdfw.com.

The government employs a police force to enforce the law. They are duty bound to protect the innocent when they are present at the commission of a crime. And in the DFW metroplex and mid cities area, there’s about one cop per 6,000 civilians. And the majority of those cops are busy with traffic enforcement, because that generates revenue.

The enemy which is worse than the rapist in the embedded video story is the government and the victim’s employer. The city of Grapevine buys Harleys, radar units, and lidar so they can generate revenue from traffic citations. They run “free” citizens’ police academies so they can show off all their wonderful investigative equipment and convince folks to volunteer their time as citizens on patrol.

And some (a very few) of the folks in that department are downright Marxist in their opinion that no one should have guns in public except law enforcement officers and the military. This I know because I attended one of their Citizens’ Police Academy classes a few years ago and had lots of discussions with them (don’t get me wrong, there’s mostly good guys and gals in the department who are patriotic constitution supporting Americans).

The government has made it illegal for this rape victim to carry a handgun without first obtaining a special permit from the state to do so. The victim’s employer has set a policy that says she will lose her job if she is caught carrying a handgun at work. If the Grapevine Police caught her walking in public with a handgun and no concealed handgun license they would put her in jail.

This poor woman had to walk to and from work, and she had no choice but to do it unarmed if she wanted to ensure she kept her job and complied with the law.

But don’t blame the police for this sexual assault. They couldn’t get enough boots on the ground even if the Harley Davidson loving chief spent his entire traffic enforcement budget on regular patrol and presence to be in enough places all the time to prevent something like this.

This rape is the government’s fault, because the government restricted this woman’s rights and ability to carry a firearm.

This rape is the Gaylord Texan’s fault, because the Gaylord Texan has a policy against it’s employees carrying a weapon to defend themselves.

If you have supported politicians who vote against the individual’s right to keep and bear arms, this rape is YOUR fault because you allow those bastards to continue to uphold and make laws that restrict individual rights, liberty, and freedom, and they support the corporations by not enacting laws against them making policies that result in the firing of employees who carry weapons for the purpose of self defense.

A Few Places to NOT Spend Your Money

For my friends residing outside the Lone Star State, let me preface this article by explaining what a “30.06” sign is. It is a sign that businesses post when they want to prohibit folks with Texas (or other states’) concealed handgun licenses from entering their business while carrying a concealed firearm. They are called 30.06 (pronounced “thirty-ought-six” signs because 30.06 is the section number assigned to this law in the Texas penal code.

The Texas legislature, upon creating legislation to make Texas a “shall issue” CHL state, also wanted to placate businesses who were concerned that crazy concealed handgun carriers wanting to commit nefarious crimes of passion, rage, robery, murder, and all kinds of other mayhem might come into their businesses and do so if they didn’t have some way of making it illegal for those individuals to enter their property armed. And we all know that crazy people bent upon breaking the law will not do anything that a sign posted on a door tells them not to do, right?

So the lawmakers provided a bit of legal code that allows businesses to legally prohibit entry onto their property of a person carrying a concealed firearm WHO HAS A CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE. Understand I’m adding the emphasis because this doesnot apply to folks carrying a concealed handgun into these places who do not have a CHL. Those folks are still just bound by the regular old law that says the STate of Texas refuses to acknowledge the existence of the Second Amendment and they therefore have no right to tote a firearm.

Here is the exact text of the law from the Texas Penal Code:

The Texas penal code
PC §30.06. TRESPASS BY HOLDER OF LICENSE TO CARRY
CONCEALED HANDGUN. (a) A license holder commits an offense if the license holder:
(1) carries a handgun under the authority of Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code, on property of another without effective
consent; and (2) received notice that:
(A) entry on the property by a license holder with a concealed handgun was forbidden; or
(B) remaining on the property with a concealed handgun was forbidden and failed to depart.
(b) For purposes of this section, a person receives notice if the owner of the property or someone with apparent authority to act for the
owner provides notice to the person by oral or written communication.
(c) In this section:
(1) “Entry” has the meaning assigned by Section 30.05(b).
(2) “License holder” has the meaning assigned by Section
46.035(f).
(3) “Written communication” means:
(A) a card or other document on which is written language identical to the following: “Pursuant to Section 30.06, Penal Code
(trespass by holder of license to carry a concealed handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (concealed
handgun law), may not enter this property with a concealed handgun”; or
(B) a sign posted on the property that:
(i) includes the language described by Paragraph (A) in both English and Spanish;
(ii) appears in contrasting colors with block letters at least one inch in height; and
(iii) is displayed in a conspicuous manner clearly visible to the public.
(d) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.
(e) It is an exception to the application of this section that the property on which the license holder carries a handgun is owned or leased
by a governmental entity and is not a premises or other place on which the license holder is prohibited from carrying the handgun under
Section 46.03 or 46.035.

Now that you know the background, you should also know that one of the typical discussions that come up around the water coolers at CHL classes and among gun rights advocates in general (at least in Texas) is the subject of whether or not one should spend one’s hard earned cash at a place of commerce where such anti-liberty signs are posted.

The conversation is virtually always unanimous: CHL holders do not patronize businesses that post 30.06 signs.

As a matter of fact, there are web sites like Texas3006.com where folks can look up businesses that have signs posted in advance so they won’t even have to waste fuel driving to the location only to find out the business is run by pinko totalitarian anti-freedom booger-picking morons.

And, Texas3006.com provides a great free service by automatically sending you alerts when a 30.06 sign posting is reported in your area if you like.

So here’s a few places around Grapevine, Southlake, and the rest of the mid-cities to NOT spend your money if you’re a fan of freedom:

Jared Gallera Of Jewelery – They have numerous stores…perhaps all of their Texas based ones, posted with 30.06 signs. Spend your money at Zales, The Diamond Store instead. They have better deals and there’s not a single entry on them to date at Texas3006.com.

AMC Theatres – this movie chain doesn’t deserve your patronage if you believe Americans should have the right to carry a means of self defence. There are 17 entries so far reporting the various 30.06 signs at their cinemas. Rent from NetFlix where you can watch in the safety of your home or go to The Movie Tavern, where they’ll offer a menu and a nice dinner to enjoy while you watch your movie while packing a side arm.

EyeMasters – They are masters, all right. Masters over whether you get to be safe or not in their stores. And their choice is “not”. Find a more reasonable place to take care of those peepers.

And my favorite in this area? Grapevine Mills Mall. The stores in this vast tourist trap get none of my money since they posted 30.06 signs the minute the “shall issue” law was enacted. I’ve written them letters and tried to discuss the stupidity of posting signs like this with their management firm many times to no avail. When I went there one day to take pictures of their 30.06 postings one of their security drones told me to leave the property. Which I did.

After all, I respect the rights of others to control their own property as long as I am not being forced to be there by law or occupation…and they have to respect my right not to do business with them and to openly criticize their stupidity.