Enough. Just how stupid are we to allow people to walk around wearing military uniforms, bullet proof vests, carrying loaded assault weapons with high capacity clips in the open? All open carry accomplishes is to appease the extremely small number of extremists who get off by creating fear and looking tough.
Candidate for the United States Senate, MJ Hegar, has posted an open letter to Texas Senator John Cornyn calling for an end to open carry across the nation. MJ can talk from a personal point of view because she has used assault weapons for what they were intended for, to kill people. She writes:
I flashed back to my time in Afghanistan as the sounds of war rang in my ears. This isn’t the first time something reminded me so viscerally of my three tours in combat. But something different happened to me when I heard the terrified cries of children layered over the gunfire. Now I was experiencing war not just as a soldier, but as a mother, and this wasn’t a war zone on foreign soil, but in the streets of west Texas.
MJ calls for an end to assault weapons on our streets.
That starts with getting weapons of war off of our streets and calling on governors and state legislators to ban the open carry of weapons. The reality is this: The reasons gun owners like me have for wanting to protect our Second Amendment rights — chief among them protecting our families — are not served by open carry. In recent days, we have seen companies like Walmart and Kroger take the lead and ask patrons to not openly carry weapons in their stores, but we can’t depend on that. Open carry itself is an assault on every bystander within range, as we feel the need to flee and cover our children without the freedom to call law enforcement for help. We must empower people to “see something, say something.”
I doubt John Cornyn will do anything except to protect those he represents, the NRA. If Cornyn won’t get these military weapons off the streets then we to get him off the streets.
MJ’s full letter can be viewed here.