EDITORIAL: Gun extremist shoots constitutional-carry cause in the foot

EDITORIAL: Gun extremist shoots constitutional-carry cause in the foot

Gun Rights

Clues you’re dealing with a gun nut: He often sees himself as a latter-day patriot and imagines this fact excuses extremist behavior and irrational statements. Sometimes this works. Sometimes not. It didn’t work for those pressing already questionable legislation to make Texas a “constitutional-carry” state, ending concealed-carry licensing requirements and scuttling government permission to carry a concealed firearm. Chris McNutt, executive director of Texas Gun Rights, apparently thought to demonstrate his patriotism by reportedly driving more than 700 miles in 24 hours last week, a la Paul Revere, and showing up at the homes of various Republican state lawmakers, including House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, to press for constitutional carry. Given that legislators were quite obviously in session in Austin, this meant McNutt would be unleashing himself on legislators’ vulnerable spouses and children, not the responsible parties. Supposedly he meant to leave pamphlets. Given McNutt’s Facebook rants, Texas Department of Public Safety officers took him seriously; they reportedly intercepted McNutt as he attempted to visit Bonnen’s home south of Houston. The speaker’s wife admitted being unsettled by McNutt’s visit to her neighborhood, given that he was wearing a shirt with a picture of an assault rifle: “It’s rattling, certainly to have people attempting to advocate in our home, knowing that Dennis isn’t there.” As we’ve noted in these pages, the new Texas House speaker doesn’t suffer fools. To quote Bonnen at the capitol regarding further consideration of Rep. Jonathan Stickland’s constitutional-carry bill this session: “If you want to talk about […]

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