Open Carry Texas leader CJ Grisham would like you to know he’s got nothing to do with Kory Watkins and Open Carry Tarrant County. In fact, it infuriates him when people think otherwise, because one group of right-wing “Constitutionalist” Texas gun nuts is completely different from the next. And we don’t want to make CJ mad. But to paraphrase the man himself, from the comments he left on the last OCT article we did: “We don’t need or want your happiness. When we have it, we know we aren’t doing our jobs correctly.”
So, what aside from a case of mistaken identity has CJ’s special edition Darren Wilson booty-booster panties in a wad? A little unwanted “support” from Tarrant County, and a possible kiss of death to OCT’s pet legislation. In the most hilarious way possible.
In the near future, Texas legislators are due to take a vote on House Bill 195, which undoes Texas’ 125-year ban on open carrying pistols, thus granting every wet dream CJ & Co. ever had. But instead, on Wednesday of last week, Texas’ overwhelmingly Republican House voted 137-5 on a different act. That being, the right for legislators to kick “hostile” members of the public out of their offices, and install “Panic Buttons” to summon security people from the Office of Public Safety.
The day before, on Tuesday three Texas open carry groups descended on the Capitol building in a rally to support House Bill 195. The biggest was CJ Grisham’s Open Carry Texas. Next up was Austin-based Lone Star Gun Rights, aka “Lonestar Bullet and Gun Traders” — or LBGT for short. And helping fight for LBGT rights in Texas was none other than Kory Watkins’ Open Carry Tarrant County.
If you read our previous article, you’ll know that it was to Watkins’ group we mistakenly offered an olive branch of truce, owing to their participation in anti-police-brutality protests, Ferguson protests, the website Cop Block, and “cop watching” program that entailed following and filming police in the Tarrant County area. However, that branch may have been a leaf too far; since then, OCTC has developed a reputation for just being utterly obnoxious to the locals, interfering in legitimate police duties, and overall just being a sterling example of everything that’s wrong with Texas. Well, most things. The rest of them are related to the fact that Texans think they’re cowboys, and all real cowboys come from Florida. Look it up.
So, maybe it was a manifestation of further Florida-envy that Watkins and crew decided that day to do some drugs, and then do something completely psychotic.
After smoking some weed, they invaded the Capitol building and proceeded to visit the ofices of 15 to 20 of the state lawmakers. And how did this visit from a group of armed, angry and intoxicated Bible-belters go? About like this, times twenty:
This is the visit they paid to the office of Democrat Ponco Nevarez, filmed by Watkins and narrated by (we believe) either Jacob Cordova, or an exceptionally tall chipmunk huffing helium. Said the chipmunk, in his angriest squirrel voice:
“As far as I’m concerned, you’re a tyrant to the Constitution!”
After a bit of this, Nevarez politely asks them to leave, and staffers attempt to escort them out. After the Rescue Ranger repeats “The peoples’ office,” “Tyrant” and “Shall Not be Infringed” a few dozen times, Nevarez calls for the Office of Public Safety. Security, that is. As Watkins repeats “read the Constitution” a few times and stick his foot in the door, Nevarez’s people finally manage to beat them back and get them out. Watkins then proceeds to puff out his chest and try to goad others into a physical confrontation, sleazing in the douchiest way possible
“That would be a wrong move, bro.”
Yeah! Come at me, brah!
Aaaannd…repeat 19 times more throughout the building.
But why did the legislators feels so concerned. It’s not as if this particular group of angry, heavily armed psychopaths had ever hurt anyone before. Well, except for that one time two months ago when a member of Open Carry Texas/Open Carry Tarrant County brutally murdered her ex-husband and stepdaughter. That would be Miss Veronica Dunnachie, the lovely lady packing the pistol in this picture. Very likely the same pistol she used to murder her family.
So, no reason to worry there.
So, where was CJ Grisham in all of this? As the proud founder of the Open Carry movement in Texas, certainly he was on hand to keep his scion brothers in check. But nope. CJ booked “in disgust” when they initiated their “intimidating and aggressive behavior.” Try not to choke on that irony. More likely, he left not “in disgust,” but simply to preemptively disavow his open carry compatriots. Which he has predictably done.
“Yesterday set us tremendously back. It’s still possible to pass open carry legislation. What the House needs is to pass a bill to ban Kory Watkins from the Capitol.”
Well, you know the cops…you all look alike to them. Shame Darren Wilson isn’t on hand for a character reference.
“What drives me nuts now is that one of the first times that guns are mentioned on the floor is to keep gun rights activists out rather than bring in gun rights. It’s just appalling.”
Not the first time that word’s been used in reference to Open Carry Texans’ behavior. Still, he raises an interesting point on how this will or will not affect passage of OCT’s own Wet Dream Act. Said Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, a supporter of the bill:
“The chances of passing what they call ‘constitutional carry’ got more remote with yesterday’s shenanigans…That set the stage. That’s the topic of discussion now.”
Yes…shenanigans! Because in Texas, it’s “shenanigans” when a large group of heavily armed, intoxicated, criminally convicted, anti-government thugs (with recent group histories of violent murder) walk into the state capitol building and start issuing threats to elected officials. Shenanigans, we say!
Well, as long as they’re white.
Hey, even Texas has limits.
And we’re betting that, thanks to CJ’s compatriots from Tarrant county, the State of Texas is about to see a few more limits enacted, rather than seeing the repeal of one old one.
The only one they ever wanted.
So, to Mister Grisham, paraphrasing the immortal words of proud Texas Open Carry activist Kory Watkins:
Good. Then we’re doing our jobs correctly.