The same Texas police chief who encouraged his constituents last year to alert authorities of any “gun enthusiasts” they might know is back in the news this week with another anti-gun rant.
After Texas legislators passed a new provision allowing citizens to openly carry firearms, Austin Sheriff Art Acevedo responded by posting a rambling, error-filled screed against the amendment. He titled his post, published Tuesday on Twitter, Open Season For Armed Criminals and Extremists.
In his attempt to convince Texans that expanded freedom for legal gun owners would somehow translate to more dangerous communities, Acevedo wrote that the legislation “is beyond belief and Aiken [sic] to open season for gang members, drug cartels, outlaw motor cycle [sic] gangs and any other criminal or extremist to defy the law with impunity, just brilliant [sic]!”
He went on to assert that if these criminals “had a seat at the policy writing [sic] table they couldn’t have come up with s [sic] better Amendment.”
Acevedo envisioned a nightmare scenario in which government buildings are overtaken by gun-toting criminals who were just waiting for an open carry amendment to pass in Texas.
“Here is a scenario,” he wrote, “next time groups face off in our Capital City at the Capitol, Klan with their hoods on, Panthers with their faces covered, ISIS sympathizers with their faces covered and just about any other extremist group, armed with firearms authorized by Open-Carry, law enforcement will have absolutely no authority to ensure the people who are armed as they wish……….why bother [sic] common sense has officially died and writing any further would be fruitless.”
While a few gun control activists supported Acevedo’s position, a clear majority of social media responses sought to clear up perceived misconceptions in his depiction of the law.
“The assumption that criminals aren’t already carrying is just stupid!” one user wrote. The sentiment was echoed by many others.
One supporter of the law indicated that criminals carried firearms long before it was legal, adding that now “honest people can, too.”
Do you support open carry laws? Let us know in the comments section below.
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth