Over 200 men, women and children, most carrying rifles and shotguns, gathered in Temple, Texas over the weekend in an effort to show their support for Second Amendment rights and to demonstrate that an armed society is indeed a polite society.
A local news station reported that the “Come and Take It” rally, which was organized by Don’t Comply, was part of a response generated after Army Master Sgt. CJ Grisham was arrested in March for “rudely displaying” his AR-15. While it is legal to open carry long arms in Texas, apparently a concerned citizen called when she saw the man carrying the weapon while on a Boy Scout hike with his son in the rural community.
Grisham’s disarmament and subsequent arrest, which many say was unlawful, has sparked support for both him and Second Amendment rights and caused outrage by residents of Texas, which has historically been viewed as a pro-gun state.
A woman’s right to choose. (Photo credit: KWTX)
Event organizer and co-owner of Don’t Comply, Murdoch Pizgatti told a local ABC affiliate, “I’ve seen the stop and frisk videos in New York and heard about things like that but this was stop and frisk, it was disarm, handcuffed, it was the arrest and it was right down the road here in Texas. You know that shouldn’t happen here, that is way too close to home. That was my line in the sand and I knew it had been crossed at that moment so I got up and did something.”
Johnny Price, instructor for Big Iron conceal carry classes, participated in the rally and expressed concern over the way Grisham’s firearm was handled during the March ordeal. He explained that while citizens should be understanding of the officer’s situation and his responsibility to ensure safety for all of those involved and should comply when asked to do something in a polite and respectful manner, according to Texas Government Code Section 411.207, law enforcement has the obligation to return lawful firearms to the individual once that person is deemed to not be a threat.
A peaceful protest with armed citizens. (Photo credit: KWTX)
In addition, Price voiced concern about infringement on Second Amendment rights. “That’s part of America. That’s part of my rights as a human to be able to survive and protect my family from all who would try to take those rights from me and freedoms,” he said…
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by Jennifer Cruz
Co-Founder @ DontComply.com
Murdoch Pizgatti is a voluntaryist that participates in activism of all shades. President and founder of Come And Take It Texas he has been focusing on gun rights the last two years. As the Co-founder of DontComply.com he deals with the corruption of the state and heads up programs to rally against the unjust and unconstitutional laws in the USofA.
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