WACO, Texas (The Adobo Chronicles) – The biker gang shootout at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco that killed nine and left 17 more injured is a “blessing,” according to Texas lawmakers.
State legislators made this comment as they prepared to take up a firearms open carry bill authored by Republican Rep. Larry Phillips. The measure would allow licensed gun owners the right to open carry in most public places.
Gov. Greg Abbott and the Legislature’s strong Republican majority have pushed open carry as an important gun rights and self-defense measure. Most Democrats have opposed it, noting concerns from police in the state’s largest cities and gun control advocates about public safety. The state Senate has already passed its own open carry bill.
“We don’t need any more testimony from those who support the proposed measure, or from those who oppose it. The Waco shootout was a sign from God to push us in approving the gun rights law,” the legislators said in unison.
“If citizens had been allowed to carry handguns and other firearms openly in public, the biker gang members involved in the shootout would have been afraid to shoot knowing that the restaurant owners and patrons would have joined in the gun fight, just like people see in Wild Wild West movies,” they added.
Expect a smooth sailing for Phillips’ bill this week. Governor Abbott says he can’t wait to sign the bill into law