The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

On CBS’s Face The Nation Sunday, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings explained how Texas’ open carry laws affected last week’s Dallas shootings. Civilians armed with rifles, body armor, and camo gear took law enforcement’s “eye off the ball for a moment,” he said.

As Dallas police searched for a hidden shooter at a large protest against police brutality, Texans carrying legal rifles immediately became suspects; some of them were taken and questioned by police, wasting valuable time. One man carrying a rifle was mistakenly identified as a “person of interest” and had his picture spread all over social media, instantly becoming the most-wanted man in the country.

“That is one of the real issues with the gun right issues that we face, that in the middle of a firefight, it’s hard to pick out the good guys and the bad guys,” Rawlings said.

 

Photo and video: CBS/ Face The Nation

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Close