It gives local law enforcement time to train up the more trigger happy cops before they start seeing people openly carrying a firearms. Texas is not any different than any other state in that we have plenty of cops that are not exactly MENSA candidates.
Maybe they should do some ride-along with Virginia LEO to actually see citizens that open carry. No need to scream or hide your children because someone sees a firearm. If you are that fearful of citizens possessing and carrying a firearm.....GOOD! That's the way it's supposed to be.
 March 17, 2015 at 9:07am
Actually there are 23 stages over 3 distances of 3,7 and 15 yards. Failure to follow instructions is an automatic fail. The total shots fired will be 50. Each shot is worth up to 5 points. 175 points are needed to pass. A shot within the 8 ring on a standard silhouette is worth 5 points, within the 7 ring is 4 points and on the body is 3 points. No specialized aiming devices are allowed standard sights only. Each stage is timed, 20 rounds at 3 yards, 20 rounds at 7 yards and 10 at 15 yards.
That is not MN. It is Baja Canada or in the native language Baja Canookistan.
 March 17, 2015 at 8:24am
It is always nice to see a liberal hoplophobe demonstrate their complete ignorance on the subject of firearms. The only thing that is better is when they season it with a demonstration of their lack of reading and comprehension skills with just a dash of their inherent bigotry.
If you had actually read the article you would have gleaned that the bill will require the person who wants to open carry to have a concealed carry permit.
If you knew anything about concealed carry permit holders you would know they are among the most law abiding groups of citizens.
If you had any knowlege of Texas you would know it is already legal for us to carry a firearm in the car without a permit.
Don’t think however that I do not understand your position. I get it that most people view themselves as normal or average. It naturally would follow that liberals would think most people are just like them. If this is true most liberals must see the average person as immature, emotionally stunted, fearful of almost anything, woefully ignorant and lacking self discipline. Fortunately for liberals this is far from the truth and most people are not like them. Fortunately for most liberal Texans most Texans are not like them and we are more than willing to accept them.
We do however wish liberals would remain seated until the shortbus came to a complete stop and that they would keep their special helmets on at all times.
 February 27, 2015 at 5:54pm
As a Texan allow me to explain, there are more firearms in the tool sheds of Texas than the armories of the USMC. Unless you live in Houston, Austin or Dallas it is a foregone conclusion that you own guns, not “a gun.”
Unless you have forgotten our flag that says “come and take it”
Until the illegals, liberal transplants, and Muslims start voting, then texas is screwed. California wasn't always liberal...
Yeah, once again, Texans love to brag.
Open carry? No.
Concealed carry without permit? No.
High property taxes. (Wealth tax)
Low sales taxes (consumption tax).
No income tax. (A Good thing about TX)
Mandatory vehicle "safety inspection", which is a Government shake-down of property owners, but has no measurable impact upon accidents.
High license fees (wealth tax).
HOA laws are less favorable for individual property owners.
Shall I continue?
Pro-Business model and no income tax are your draws. The rest of your Texas model is better served in other Red states.
February 25, 2015 at 1:52am
Actually I have always wondered why a federal building (AKA a strategic target in any kind of warfare foriegn or domestic) would house a day care center? Unless of course you wanted props to generate a lot of moral outrage at the same time silencing a lot of obvious questions.
For example: if you had a chemical weapon that you knew was lethal to small adults and children and you also knew that gas masks were not manufactured in sizes to accommodate small adults and children. Would you use that weapon against a structure occupied by mostly small adults and children?
Or say a US Marshall claims to have been attacked first by a boys dog and then shot at by the boy after shooting the dog that was attacking him why is it that both the dog and the boy have only bullet wounds consistent with being shot from behind?
As for Rand and her opines on violence, non-aggression can only be achieved once a particular philosophy has been achieved. Until the then primary driver is the mind and the desire to sustain life. If as in the case of Mcveigh you were to interpret the actions of a single office of a particular federal agency as the source of initial force (evil violence) then it would become inherent to the mind that continued survival would require immediate removal of such a threat.
If we are to believe the testimony of the two men who stood trial it would seem McVeigh did nothing to violate the basic principles of the mind.
 February 25, 2015 at 1:01am
Just another “good cop” out protecting the community.
He’s on unpaid leave now and in two weeks it will be paid leave in 6 months he will be “cleared” of any wrong doing and put back on a beat with a raise and back pay for the unpaid time off. In the mean time 6 or 8 of his buddies will be sure to “educate” the homeless man in the error of his ways and why he was wrong to force the “good cop” to slap him around.
February 21, 2015 at 6:04pm
Brezhnev took Afghanistan.
Begin took Beirut.
Galtieri took the Union Jack.
And Maggie, over lunch one day,
Took a cruiser with all hands.
Apparently, to make him give it back.
Actually after the 70+ days of combat that was the Faulkland conflict Galtieri surrendered to the British and the overthrow of the Galtieri Junta began. The military no longer supported General Leopoldo Galtieri as the leader of Argentina and after 3 days and a hell of a lot of bullets Galtieri was overthrown and Argentina had a new corrupt ruler. In all honesty Beuno Aries was probably a much bigger hotbed than the Faulklands..
 February 16, 2015 at 10:01pm
Absolutely nothing, the tens of thousands of Muslims living in Houston are just fine and they even have an Ahmadiyya Muslim mosque in addition to all the other sects of Islam and their mosques.
As you have clearly demonstrated total ignorance allow me to educate you. The Ahmadiyya are sort of like the Muslim version of The LDS. They are for many other muslims the most offensive kind of apostates.
On the other hand we have had our fair share of honor killings in Texas as well as a bonefide Islamic terrorist attack and several cases of people providing material support for Islamic terrorists.
February 12, 2015 at 5:54am
Considering many of the laws that have been passed, I would rather have them sitting around doing nothing and smoking pot.
Of course it could be argued that if they had not already been smoking a lot of pot many of the laws they have created would not exist either.
Would you at least be willing to trade 3 potheads for 1 useless drunk and get rid of Boehner?
politicians and doing there thing goes hand in hand, everyone has their own drug of choice at one point or another, down to a aspirin and on up, at one point or another, everyone has it.
 February 10, 2015 at 5:52am
The is no such thing as news today, it is all opinion, the largest part of the problem is not nessesarrily the media. That distinction goes to the American people. Special interest groups have made so many formerly private personal issues into political hot topics and areas where regulators and legislators used to steer clear of are now areas where special interest groups ask them to tread.
We have invited the Government into our marriages, our child rearing, our drinking water our supermarkets our stock markets our banks even in between our sheets in our own beds. All in the persuit of safety and security. I believe someone once said something about people who would trade freedom for security and it looks like they were correct.
The most despicable words ever to leave a human beings mouth are ” there ought to be a law”.
It does not matter if you are. Republican or Democrat it seems both groups are always asking the Government to regulate someone else for some percieved reason that “there ought to be a law”.
As a Christian I am opposed to gay marriage, as a Christian I am also opposed to the Government treading on Gods turf. The Governments job is to preserve and protect the freedoms and liberties of the people that are Governed so long as the Governered are not interfering with the freedoms and liberties of others. Instead we have a Government persuing ass pats from every special interest group with a k street address.
Amen. This essay reminds me of "Pravda" in the USSR or the Third Reich under Socialism by Adolf Hitler. The secret to avoiding this "current" administration in the future is an offensive, clever campaign on social media as a quick response. The young people today are not stupid. they are just immersed in their "I" phones. Good government must counter with truthful clever messages of our own. Most all people lead personally conservative lives outside of their political views.
 January 30, 2015 at 10:14pm
And this is why we can not have nice things.
I may be wrong but I believe it was Plato who said “90% of the souls of men are the souls of slaves, and no matter how much freedom you give them they will eventually find a way to become enslaved again.”
Deep in the heart of almost every so called “true or capital Conservative” as well as the great majority of libertarians is a big government, nanny state, subjugated slave. They just can not help themselves they need big government and force to subjugate their neighbors and not once realizing they are in the same cage.
If you honestly believe the government should be able to force people to vaccinate their children then please by all means stop what you are doing and re register your political affilitation to Democrat. If you vote party line republican don’t bother as you already are a registered Democrat (shhh don’t tell them I told you)
If this is how cheap liberty is to you, you were one of the knuckleheads who cheered the patriot act parts 1and 2 and now are mad because it is being used against you. You probably think Ed Snowden is a criminal yet you whine like a baby about the NSA spying. Face it if you want to use force against your fellow citizens to act as you think they should and to make the same choices as you, YOU ARE THE PROBLEM.
Your THINGS should be the least of your worries. When they add to the stealth You already have in this War for USA you won't be taking them with you. The vaccines they started EBO LIES with they want you as immune suppressed as they can get you first.
January 30, 2015 at 8:22pm
You do realized that the injury rate for children from those horrific bad old days when you either could not get a safety seat or had to special order one has only changed 0.03%?
I bought into the bs. Even had a custom recaro seat made for my first daughter because I wanted her to have the very best with the latest in impact technology. Then a few years later I read up on the statistics and found the truth. But as a revenue officer and not an actual servant of public safety I guess you already knew it was about generating revenue and not real safety. So whatever it takes to absolve you of your conscience then by all means claim you are doing it for “the children” it is a safe bet no one will challenge you, that is why liberal statist democrats like your mind set, it makes you a good little soldier for their cause.
Just a few questions:
Is that .03% a change to the positive or the negative?
How many actual lives does that translate to?
Have you ever been to the scene of an accident where a child (or anyone else) NOT properly restrained was gravely injured?
And I am not a revenue officer. I'm a public safety officer. I have no conscience issues, just an interest in the safety of the public and, in particular, children. The same interest their parents should have.
Your comparison is logically flawed. First, I challenge the statistic you have cited and ask you to cite its source. Secondly, the fact that over ninety percent of parents do not know how to and/or take the time to secure their child(ren) PROPERLY in a safety seat renders your statistic, however accurate, entirely nugatory.
As an EMT, I second JC's question as to whether or not you've ever seen a child injured or killed as a result of their parent's not having secured or properly secured them into a safety seat.
I go a bit further than JC, however, in my conception of choice as it pertains to seatbelt usage. I humbly respect JC's opinion as an LEO and am willing to entertain alternative perspectives. However, it has been my experience that the assertion that refusal to wear a seatbelt being a victimless crime is a fallacious one. I do not believe that one has a right to subject another to sight of their flying through a windshield and splattering all over the pavement ahead of them as a result of their not having been secured in their vehicle. While we are on the topic of children, in fact, one of the first children I ever transported in my profession had been a witness of the precisely aforementioned. A woman had ignorantly felt it her right to disregard the seatbelt law and had been ejected from her vehicle around 45-50 mph in front of a school bus full of children, many of whom must live with the accompanying emotional distress for the rest of their lives.
 January 29, 2015 at 8:33am
I read the comments here and so many call Boehner a RINO. I just do not get why people call left wing Republicans RINO’s?
The entire leadership of the Republican Party is left of center, 90% of elected representatives with an (R) next to their name vote Democrat/Socialist/Statist at least 30% of the time. Now I could accept compromise votes to forward serious conservative issues but that is not what these votes are most of them are unconditional surrenders (or more appropriately total agreement with the left wing agenda)
When people really begin to understand that the vast majority of Republicans actually hold very anti-liberty and anti-individual/states rights positions is when thing will begin to change.
Do not blame the Republican candidate for “abandoning” their platform or the issues. Most of these candidates have told you for a decade or more EXACTLY what they stand for with their votes and yet they return to the campaign trail do a little soft shoe dance and all is forgotten and forgiven.
You have the right to vote and the only way these people get re-elected is when the people vote for them. I am from Texas we sent you Ted Cruz, good for us, I am proud I voted for him. However we turned around and sent John Cornyn back as well, I would rather have voted for Dianne Feinstien as she seems to hold more conservative values than “big bad John”. John Cornyn is not the problem, the republicans that voted for him are.
To Me, RINO is another term for Communist. I have heard the term, GOP is the right-wing of the democrat party. Moderate anything, samething.
 January 26, 2015 at 11:41pm
Actually I find it strange that you would think Paul writing letters to churches in regards to how they manage their day to day affairs would mention miracles that he did not witness as he was not a disciple of Christ at the time of the miracles and had a rather pointed dislike of the people who would come to be known as Christians.
Paul however does offer witness to his own miraculous conversion post Ascention.
As for being mentioned in the Gospels it would definitely be questionable as Paul who at the time was called Saul of Tarsus, would have been unknown to the apostles who actually travelled with and witnessed Jesus, his teachings and miracles. It is no more strange that Paul is not mentioned in the Gospels as it is that none of the Gospels contain mention of the guy that loaned them the Ass that Jesus rode into Jeruselem.
 January 19, 2015 at 11:42pm
Good cops if that is what you call them stand by and do nothing all the time. That is how bad cops get to stay employed.
Perhaps better than letting the cops lie to theselves and others we should use a better term than “good cops”. I think “passive enablers” is a much more accurate term. It conveys the utter cowardice of these so called cops and allows the public to better understand how a bad cop can rack up dozens or hundreds of complaints without ever facing anything resembling a disciplinary action or God forbid getting fired outright.
 January 19, 2015 at 10:42pm
You’re kidding right? A “strong” atheist military? Sure these “strong” atheists who feign all sorts of suffering at the slightest mention of God…what on earth will they do when faced with the jihadi fighters of the pedophile plagerist? Will they run of to the nearest ACLU lawyer to sue? Oh wait that guy was gay so he was tossed out a 40 story window in the name of Allah the moon idol, maybe they could take it to the media ? Oh wait most of them were gay or Jewish or Christian or …. So they got beheaded, raped, set on fire, tossed into a plastic shredder or executed by a 9 year old
Yup they will last a whole minute an a half before they realize they can praise Allah and just go along to get along after all there is nothing to hold faithful too so might as well go with the crowd.
Come on you know deep down the only reason atheists never confront Muslims when they insist on and get special treatment at state funded schools is because they hold their so called principles up high only when they can be certain the opposition will not get violent. The slightest possibility that they might get shot up like a French news paper office sends them scurrying like frightened little mice.
January 19, 2015 at 10:05pm
That is a very piss poor analogy. Unless of course atheists begin to shut their mouths and do nothing. Unfortunately atheists are very active in trying to stamp out any message except their own, which is hardly comparable to a device in a state of inaction.
Actually it would be better to equate atheists with jihadis in that they have exactly the same tolerance and respect for other people’s beliefs.
 January 19, 2015 at 9:45pm
Because the self described atheists and secular humanists are not happy unless everyone is as miserable as they are.
 January 19, 2015 at 9:25pm
Actually Allah is the name of the pagan moon God worshiped by the tribe Mohammad the pedophile plagiarist came from. You see Muhammad was a schizophrenic low life who had to marry a wealthy older woman or starve, not unlike John Kerry. Anyhow I guess drinking too much expired milk will take its toll.
Long story short the crazy bastard ripped of the stories he heard Christians and Jews tell then applied them to his pagan idol and it could have stopped there but he managed to get a few followers and he found that is he started small and just killed people from smaller tribes that refused to follow him eventually like any mobster he created a rather large criminal enterprise.
Heck I bet I could have any atheist shouting prophecies from the roof tops in less than two or three hours if I used the time honored techniques of the Muslim mobsters.