A broken clock is right twice a day and necessity makes strange bedfellows. The enemy of my enemy. Somehow, despite meditating fully for hours on these age-old aphorisms, none of them seem to quite displace the cognitive dissonance of what we must now do. Of having to applaud a group like…(ugh)…we can’t even say it. But, reason abides no hostilities, and due credit given is integrity defined. So, whilst clinging like drowning kittens to those aphorisms, we now bring you this report on…(ack)…Open. Carry. Texas.
The Open Carry group has long had a distaste for police; that’s one of a few points where the far left and far right ends of the political spectrum loop around to meet in a narrow belted continuum. Granted, it’s pretty easy to show an open defiance of police when you’re white, middle-class and living in suburbia. But like rabid dogs biting a thousand mailmen a day, it seems these mutts have finally chanced on the one banging their wives. By sheer dumb luck, they’ve found their cause intricately intertwined with our own: ending police brutality.
The first instance of which actually came last month — something of which we were aware, but couldn’t bring ourselves to report on. Shortly after the Ferguson verdict came down, members of Tarrant County’s OCT staged a protest right alongside local Ferguson protesters; which we assume was the first time most of them had ever seen black people up close. In all fairness, though, it was quite a nice scene…and a sign of things to come, apparently.
Not just because of the obvious elephant in the room of a joint cause — but because there seems to have been a bit of, shall we say, cultural exchange between the two groups.
The practice of “Cop Watching,” or openly tailing and observing police to prevent brutality against citizens, dates back to the Black Panthers movement of the 1960s. The Oakland chapter of the Panthers would routinely have members track and tail members of the LAPD, providing open witness to their activities. How effective the practice was remains a matter of some dispute, since no judge would ever take a Black Panther’s word for anything in court. But times have changed, and now we have witnesses that cannot tell a lie:
The practice has seen new resurgence in areas like New York, with one major difference being the equipment carried. The Panthers would routinely follow cops armed with shotguns and pistols, which was legal back then. Ironically, it was this very activity that precipitated the very open weapons-carrying restrictions that OCT now protests.
For that reason, cop watchers these days generally go out armed with a far more powerful weapon. The unblinking glass eye sees all and captures all.
According to the Arlington, Texas P.D., OCT activists have been openly engaging in cop watching for about the last year or so; so, points for doing something before it was cool. But the Arlington activity has increased exponentially in the last few months. And, being Texans, this group takes it up a significant notch.
They’re known for baiting cops into on-camera arguments, daring them to arrest them for lawful acts. Acts like…carrying around an AK-47 while following the police, or openly flashing pre-1899 black powder revolvers. Both of which — particularly the big cowboy gun — are legal to openly carry in the state. As are the cop hats with pig ears glued on, and gratuitous bacon jokes whenever police are within earshot.
The latest person to be arrested by the Arlington P.D. for cop watching was 27-year-old Jacob Cordova, pictured above; an air force veteran (and Ron Paul supporter) who was jailed for “interfering with public duties.” Mostly, by filming police and refusing to put away his legal-to-carry antique black powder pistol. Police say he pulled up behind them at a traffic stop, and yelled to them that he was present. He then pulled up his vest to notify them that he was armed. Which, while a pretty implicit threat, was well within his legal rights.
We’re starting to sound like them.
Step One for OCT poisoning: Induce vomiting. Too LA–
And his isn’t the only arrest that day. There was another earlier that day for 26-year-old Pablo Frias (pictured below), who showed up to record a police call of a woman who’d been threatened with a rifle. Frias got into an argument with a bystander at the scene, and called police “c*cksuckers” and “douchebags. He was arrested for interfering, and alegedly pushing an old woman who told him to be quiet.
So, in September, were Joseph Tye (leader of Texas Cop Block), along with Kory Watkins and his wife. Watkins is the leader of Open Carry Tarrant County (a chapter of OCT) and host of the internet radio show Open Carry Cop Watch. All pictured below.
And so, the strange nexus that brings we and Open Carry Texas together reaches its most finite point.
There always has been a kind of split personality to the lunatics in the Open Carry movement. They’re all paranoid nutjubs, don’t get us wrong. But in a world gone insane, where public servants rule the public, and where we have valid reason to fear most those we would call for help…well, maybe reality is just catching up with the most paranoid of their delusions. Maybe, if you bite enough mailmen, one of them is bound to be the Other Man.
Or maybe we’ve agreed all along on the evils of the police state. It’s just a matter of scale. Maybe there’s some room for a larger accord here. So, we’ll make the opening offer.
Open Carry Texas, we will
- Congratulate you on your public service, in watching cops and standing up for civil rights against the Police State
- Stop calling you racist, if you’ve stood with Ferguson protesters
- Stop calling you Nazis and fascists (as long as you’re not actually Nazis and fascists)
- Stop making erectile inadequacy jokes
- and concede that the Second Amendment is completely valid for those who are legally permitted to carry weapons, at the very least by current Concealed Carry permit standards
- Stop being deliberate as*holes, scaring the crap out of people in Chilis, and trying to normalize violence, weapons and paranoia
- Stop harassing unarmed women, and pushing old ladies
- Agree that we should do what we can to actually enforce the weapons laws already on the books
- and concede that the Police State you fear isn’t headquartered in Washington D.C. or the U.N. It isn’t a globalist or federal conspiracy. That the C.I.A. didn’t shoot Tamir Rice. The United Nations didn’t choke Eric Garner. The F.B.I. isn’t running around Walmart killing people with BB guns. The Police State isn’t in Maryland…it’s a lot closer to home. It’s the gestalt of State and Local governments. It’s the State and Local police who are showing up as jackbooted thugs, knocking down our doors, stripping us of our civil rights and killing us in the street. The “conspiracy” starts and ends in your local Sheriff’s Department, or in the State Capitol building…not at a secret meeting of globalist Zionists in Switzerland.
So, if you agree to these terms, you bunch of gunslinging psychopaths, paranoid basement dwellers, A.M. Radio-listening desert rats, and apocalypse-fantasizing survivalists…guess the only thing left is to sign on the dotted line. We are the United States of America, after all.
Sign, if you dare.
I’ll go first.
Richard A. Rowe Jr. January 2nd, 2014
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