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Texas open carry group seeks spotlight on harassment of veterans and gun owners

Gun rights supporters in Texas protest harassment for exercising their rights.
Gun rights supporters in Texas protest harassment for exercising their rights.
© 2014 Come and Take It Midland/Odessa, used with permission, all rights reserved.

“Recently we've unearthed some sickening corruption in a nearby town and it's led to unlawful arrests and gun confiscations from two veterans that are also Oath Keepers,” a Friday Facebook message from James Franklin, Regional Director for Come and Take It Texas - West Texas Region, began. “Over the past week this issue has gotten even more complicated as the police in the town refuse to file police reports about one of their residents making terroristic threats against our group's members.”

Franklin was referring to a local resident who opposes lawful open carry of long guns to the point of pledging to inflict harm on people he calls “cowards.”

“Although there have been a few writers to pick up on this, we are entirely a grassroots organization and so we do our own PR, and local media is shy about calling out the local law enforcement,” Franklin explained as his reason for contacting Gun Rights Examiner. Readers of this column have seen time and again how selectivity on the part of “legitimate news media/Authorized Journalists/real reporters” results in sins of omission equally detrimental to a fully informed public as overt “agenda journalism” sins of commission. (All one needs do to validate that assessment is look at the early and continued history of Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalker” reporting.)

To that end, Franklin asked this column to “help us shine a light on this situation.” The best way to do that is to share what they’ve written to date, including a report about the arrest of veteran Joey Posey and another about the arrest of veteran Michael Keoughan. Of particular concern should be the conduct of Andrews Police Chief Bud Jones, whom activists say had “assured them that and understanding had been reached. He gave his word that he would do everything in his power to protect the legal rights of gun owners in the future.”

As CATI has already done pretty thorough reporting on this, there's not much more for me to add, and rather than reword their reporting, I figure the best way I can help with the request to shine a light is to share the above message and links with readers here, and ask you to join me in helping spread the word where establishment media will not.

What they’re saying and asking is pretty straightforward and easy to help with:

Come and Take It Texas will be holding another demonstration in Andrews, Texas on February 15th, 2014 as they continue to seek justice for these soldiers. However the struggle is far from over. If you would like to contribute to their legal defense, click on the following links for Joey Posey and Michael Keoughan. Please help this story go viral! Spread this link and these [one] [two] [three] to everyone you know including other news outlets. You can also contact Police Chief Bud Jones and help us respectfully educate him on the meaning of the oath that he swore to uphold.

It seems a reasonable request that should not be overly burdensome. Consider it today's "Five Minute Activism" task.


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When your turn to be tested comes, how will you fare? Wouldn’t it be better to stop the antis before they get that far? How can we, if most gun owners let a relative handful of activists do all the work? The latest GUNS Magazine "Rights Watch" column is online, and you can read it before the issue hits the stands. Click here to read "The Unconstitutional State.”

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