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Texas Gun-Rights Leader Says Failure To Pass Open Carry Law ‘Punishable By Death’

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Texas Gun-Rights Leader Says Failure To Pass Open Carry Law ‘Punishable By Death’


By Rudolph Bush, The Dallas Morning News (TNS)

DALLAS — Texas gun-rights advocate Kory Watkins, leader of Open Carry Tarrant County, recently posted a chilling video to his Facebook page that appears to level threats at Texas state lawmakers.

The video was quickly taken down from Facebook but was salvaged on YouTube. It appears to build on Watkins’ veiled threats to the office of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick last week.

In the video, Watkins states that he is frustrated with what he calls games legislators are playing with his push for so-called “constitutional carry” rights.

He then goes on to suggest that failure to open Texas up to open carry of pistols without any licensing requirements is tantamount to treason.

“We should demanding these people give us our rights back or it’s punishable by death. Treason. Do you understand how serious this is Texas?” Watkins asks. “This is treason against the
American people. You don’t sell my right back to me. You’re going to find trouble.”

Earlier in the video, he suggests the time has come for guns rights activists to move beyond peaceful protests.

“I don’t think they want to mess around with us too much longer. They better start giving us our rights or this peaceful non-cooperation stuff is going to be gamed up. We are going to step it up a notch. I think here in Texas we are tired of jacking around with people in suits,” Watkins said.

One state representative, Democrat Poncho Nevarez is already under state protection after he spoke out against open carry legislation and was threatened.

Once the video began making the virtual rounds, Texas Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America issued a statement denouncing “Watkins and other open carry extremists.” The open-carriers and Moms Demand Action have tangled several times in recent months.

“These antics are no longer just theatrics and dramatic advocacy. Open-carry extremists have been threatening the safety and sanity of our communities for far too long and now they are threatening the lives of Texas legislators,” says Claire Larson, identified by the gun-control group as a former NRA-certified rifle instructor. “Make no mistake, if Texas lawmakers continue to prioritize the expansion of open carry in any form — they are condoning this type of dangerous behavior. Texas Moms understand how serious this is – and we urge Texas lawmakers to take these threats seriously too, respect the legislative process, and oppose the expansion of open carry in our state. After all, there are no panic buttons on the playground like the ones they had installed in their offices.”

Fellow gun-rights activists were quick to denounce Watkin’s actions.

“That kind of rhetoric does absolutely nothing to get gun rights passed in Texas,” said CJ Grisham, head of Open Carry Texas.

Open Carry Texas, one of the main groups lobbying for open-carry legislation, has sought to distance themselves from the more aggressive antics of Open Carry Tarrant County and Watkins.

Watkins grabbed headlines in recent weeks for a video showing his group confronting a lawmaker who expressed his opposition to constitutional carry. Grisham said that takes away from the greater goals of gun-rights activists in the state.

“We’ve become Kory Watch instead of Open Carry Texas,” he said.

Grisham said he isn’t worried that the public will associate Watkin’s actions with the larger open carry movement. But he has acknowledged that it could damage their efforts at the state Capitol.

In a written response on Facebook, Watkins said his comments in the video were taken out of context.

“Let me make it clear and unequivocal: I was not talking about hurting legislators, or anyone else,” he said.

He also denied that he was calling for a more violent approach to getting open carry passed in Texas.

“I am an advocate of peaceful non-cooperation. When I speak of ‘stepping it up a notch’ [I] mean within the boundaries of peaceful non-cooperation. Instead of just a foot in the door. perhaps we need ‘sit ins’ chanting ‘hell no we won’t go,'” he said.
(Staff writer Marissa Barnett contributed to this report from Austin.)

Photo: brian.ch via Flickr



  1. fortunev February 4, 2015

    Continued buffoonery. Tejanos gringos estupidos.

    1. Jmz Nesky February 5, 2015

      That’s easy for you to say…. But SO true!

  2. Grannysmovin February 5, 2015

    “We should demanding these people give us our rights back or it’s punishable by death.” What rights have been taken away? Stop bastardizing the Constitution in an effort to fulfill your own fantasies.

    1. whodatbob February 5, 2015

      What rights have you lost?

      1. Grannysmovin February 6, 2015

        I have not lost any rights and I never said I did, I was responding to what the yahoo Kory Watkins is quoted as saying in the article.

        1. whodatbob February 6, 2015

          Sorry I misses the quotation marks! My old eyes play tricks some time. Kory Watkins is a little goofy.

          1. Grannysmovin February 6, 2015

            No problem – there are days even with my reading glasses on my eyes play tricks.

  3. Eleanore Whitaker February 5, 2015

    They don’t call themselves “Big Rich Texas, That Whole “Other” Country” for nothing. Texans believe they are the Lone Star. Meaning…the ONLY Star on the ONLY flag.

    If one single TX gun ends up in other states, these other states should have the right to sue TX for the cost of hospitalizing gun shot victims and those needlessly murdered.

    Texan are not the US militia as stated by the US Constitution. These gun jerks deliberately ignore the part of the Constitution that clearly states that militias are paid for by the government, disciplined by the government and called up by the government.

    1. kenndeb February 5, 2015

      You need to take a course in reading comprehension and the constitution. You would benefit from both

      1. Eleanore Whitaker February 5, 2015

        You need mental help. How many times do I have to post Article I, Sec. 8 of the US Constitution which reads: To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel Invasions:

        To provide for organizing, arming and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress.

        Where in that do you get your freedom to arm yourself with an AK47? A Bushmaster or any other deadly weapon?

        Get a life jerk. I know the Constitution and you hate that you can’t call yourself a militia. I don’t care what Capo de Capo Scalia and his ultra conservative Koch thugs approve. They are in violation of the Article I, Sec. 8.

        1. whodatbob February 5, 2015

          Until a majority of the Chief Justices decide that Amendment II applies to militia only. It grants freedom to individuals, including you, to arm ourselves with an AK47 or any other deadly weapon.

          Article 1, Section 8 is specific in empowering the Federal government to arm the militia. Since arming Militia is covered, Amendment II grants individuals the right to keep and bear arms.

          The Bill of Rights guarantees us, all citizens, rights that can not be taken away by out government.

          1. Eleanore Whitaker February 6, 2015

            The Bill of Rights also guarantees all Americans prosperity. Where is that? Sorry, you are wrong and all you did was prove Article I, Sec. 8 has preeminence over SC judges all sucking up to their ideologues. You boys and girls of the right need to wake up to one other fact and very soon. No matter which party has the Majority in the House or Senate, the other party STILL has a VOICE. Your GOP Congressional party is after ONE party rule by thinking that they are the majority voice who make ALL the rules. They proved that when they refused to allow Dems on the Benghazi investigating committee, when they refused to allow Dems to have a say in which Benghazi witnesses were chosen to appear to answer investigating committee questions and when the GOP switch channels looking for a unicorn that doesn’t exist which their own witnesses proved in their testimony much to the disgust of Trey Gowdy the little protegee of rich boy Issa. Don’t bother to deny what we can all easily testify to by watching the 8th boondoggle GOP Benghazi investigation on CNN.

            No single political party in the US has EVER acted as tyrannical or as covert as the GOP Twerpie Generation Koch Clones are doing. That’s the way to get their butts in hot water for abuse of power.

          2. whodatbob February 6, 2015

            Eleanore, your tyrannical rant goes on & on against asininity of GOP. I could not agree with you more. They are the party of idiots!

            You are correct Article 1 Sec. 8 covers arming of Militia. Making Amendment II superfluous in regards to the Militia. Amendment II grants citizens the right to keep and bear arms. A right that shell not be infringed.

            The question is why is the Militia even mentioned?

            Your belief as is mine that infringements are need is in conflict with Amendment as written.

          3. whodatbob February 6, 2015

            Most of your post are well thought out and well reasoned. Some are the post of a rambling wind bag. This is one!

        2. kenndeb February 6, 2015

          That militia is ALL American citizens. When it was written, the militia was anyone that could use a weapon. The founders knew that we could face another tyrant, as we are now, and having a citizen army was to assure that did not happen.

          1. Eleanore Whitaker February 6, 2015

            No it IS NOT all AMericans. Are you called up by the government? paid by the government? You are a certifiable moron. How the hell do you KNOW for certain what the Founding Fathers knew? Are you Rip Van Winkle asleep for 235+ plus years?

            First of all, I am not going to rewrite the US Constitution. Unfortunately for spoiled overindulged little turds like you, the Constitution Article I, Sec. 8 is what it is. You can’t read into it what you want just because you are so used to getting your way.

            If I want to stretch the US Constitution like you do, every right winger would end up shipped to an island by themselves where you can all bitch to your heart’s content and we don’t have to listen to you.

            Abuse of power…what your posts imply every time you try to reinvent the Constitution.

          2. kenndeb February 6, 2015

            It’s really quite simple. SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.
            I guess they didn’t teach you how to read when you took that Americanization course back in the soviet union just before you came here.

          3. Eleanore Whitaker February 6, 2015

            Dipshit…You can’t just pick the 4 words that give you your way. Can you read? Article I, Sec. 8 clearly states that the government disciplines militias…all you can come up with is “shall not be infringed?”

            Your right to get your way shall not be infringed? See? I can reinterpret BS better than you can.

          4. kenndeb February 6, 2015

            Again, the militia was anyone that could fire a weapon. The American people are the militia, just as the American people are the government. If you were an American, you would know this. Because you are not, you want to have America change our Constitution to fit YOUR agenda, just as the Emperor would do.

          5. Eleanore Whitaker February 7, 2015

            Hey …asshat…Was Benjamin Franklin a militia? You bet he wasn’t. Was John Adams? Thomas Jefferson? You can’t be that stupid to know that the early colonial militias were not ALL farmers, business owners and ordinary citizens. Were women in those colonial militias? You bet not.

            Your moronic posts only show what an unmitigated failure you are in US History. The militias were called up by the early colonial government. Unlike the red state rebels who just “joined up” and donned uniforms. The colonial militias were formed by the government that existed at that time.

            Yeeesh…does this jerk get any more stupid?

          6. kenndeb February 7, 2015

            I think you have a very skewed view of American history, and what it is to be an American, Comrade. What they taught you in your soviet Americanization classes was wrong, Comrade.

          7. Eleanore Whitaker February 7, 2015

            No. You are the one who can’t stand facts that appear in numerous US History books, the US Archives in Washington DC and anywhere else you have not bothered to check out as I have.

            The very fact that not a day passes when you are not contradicting facts you know you can find yourself in your own 6th grade history book, shows why you are not mentally stable.

            As for your CON artist BS….do you wallow in dog crap all day to get such a smelly view of life?

            Grow up you stupid moron. I can prove what I post. You can’t. That’s the difference between an intelligent person and you.

          8. Wedge Shot February 7, 2015

            You all nuts.

    2. whodatbob February 5, 2015

      As a Conceal Carry License holder I favor better background checks and more extensive training to obtain a CCW. That said! Without attempting to read the minds of our Founding Fathers, a task
      beyond my ability, who of us knows what is meant by the 1st section of
      the Secomd Amendment.

      The Second Amendment, however, does not put restrictions on the right to bear arms. In fact it states, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shell not be infringed”. Perhaps, all the infringements, we believe to be necessary to buy, keep and bear guns are unconstitutional. Heaven help us if they are unconstitutional.

      1. Jmz Nesky February 5, 2015

        Just like the bible, parts of the constitution was written in conjunction with the times, neither book should have ever been viewed as future prophesies.. There were reasons why they were written in those days and neither meant ALL as in future contexts.. All things change and that includes revisions that coincide with change.. We can certainly see that bearing arms is a right of the people but I’m positive it wasn’t meant in the context that the pro-nuts have interpreted it. Own weapons yes, toting them around like a chip on your shoulder? Leave that to the wild, wild west and roaring 20’s.. Some play with the constitution as if it applied only to their mind set.. For instance, how long was the phrase, “All men are created equal” honored and adhered to..? What does ‘ALL MEN’ actually mean? All who are wealthy? All who are not slaves? All who are not Indians? All who are white? A right to bear arms means you should be able to own them, not tote them around in exhibition style.. And the types of weapons we have today isn’t even close to the weapons the founding fathers were writing about then.. Maybe one day in the far future carrying semi- nuclear hand rifles will be the subject of an even older antiquated constitutional ‘right’ I’m sure today if brought up it would assuredly preclude such weapons but since we’re not talking about thermo-nuclear range noisy crickets but hand guns and rifles (in their various styles and sizes), that doesn’t mean the thermo-nuclear range noisy cricket can’t be carried in public in a NEW ‘stick to the letter of an antiquated constitution’ generation..

        1. whodatbob February 5, 2015

          Your antiquated constitution argument has no merit. Without convening a Constitutional Convention to revise the Constitution the current Constitution remains the law of the land.

          1. Jmz Nesky February 5, 2015

            … And God is still the romantic cloud cover judging all his creation according to his mindset of an existence that he has never experienced.. Your the fool to keep you emotions in the past. We’ve had revisions many times in both constitution and bible yet the pickers and choosers remain in the past with their ghost rights. That’s alright, stay there, we don’t need your worthless vote to progress.

          2. whodatbob February 6, 2015

            It does not matter what you think of the Constitution it is the law of the land. Changes constantly made to it.
            Yes it reflects the thinking of a bunch of rich land owners who thought they knew what was best for us in the late 1700’s.

            Until a Constitutional Convention is convened to give us a new Constitution the one you dislike is still the law of the land.

            Your antiquated constitution argument has no merit.

          3. LotusJoan February 6, 2015

            Missed a couple of days of Civic’s class did’nt you Bob? A Constitutional Convention is not necessary to alter our constitution.

          4. whodatbob February 6, 2015

            I know amendments work, as do Supreme Court rulings. But Jmz seems delusional and too many concepts at once would have confused him.

        2. DEFENDER88 February 6, 2015

          As for “Open Carry” carrying weapons in the open – Most all credible gun advocates(including me) do not advocate this, for several reasons. And it damages the image of the millions of responsible gun owners. And it gives people like you an opportunity to criticize all gun owners.
          But I will take the Founders intelligence and forward thinking over yours.
          The Amendments are about basic human rights and “Principals” and “Freedoms”(The principal of self defense, freedom of expression, etc) not freedom to have a musket, or use a quill pen or printing press.
          The 2nd Amend does not say the right to bear “muskets”.
          The muskets used in the Revolution were the “assault rifles” of the day.
          And the Kentucky Rifle(used by Colonials) was the most advanced weapon of the day.
          If the 2nd Amendment is outdated with respect to guns,
          then the 1st Amendment with regard to freedom of the press is outdated
          and anything written after the period of quill pens and parchment paper and printed on single stage ink/print presses
          should be considered outdated. How could they have possibly considered Identity Theft and Privacy and Security issues with the Internet, YouTube, and other serious privacy issues, etc
          They did not say Freedom to “Print”.
          As they did not say Freedom to bear “Muskets”.
          Not to mention the 2nd Amend “was reviewed not that long ago”(as your advocate) by the Supreme Court(the law of this land) which decided it meant that “Individuals” have the right to own a gun. So it “has” been reviewed/updated “recently”.

          1. Wedge Shot February 6, 2015

            The first amendment does say freedom to print because it says “freedom of the press”. The press was and is a device that allows hundreds or thousands of articles to be printed at a time. Just as the home printer and coping machine can do today. Do not inject information not in evidence. Furthermore the second amendment does not say an individual has the right to keep bear arms but says that a well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state the right of people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
            It also does not say that a AK47 shall be allowed, or a Glock semiautomatic or any of the modern hand guns and rifles we have today are allowed. The forefathers could not have imagined the weapons we have today and the amount of killing that could be done by one person. More people in the US were killed by guns in 2014 than by automobiles. Americans kill each other with guns than with cars.

          2. DEFENDER88 February 6, 2015

            2nd Amend Fact (The current law in the US)
            In case you have not heard there was a Supreme Court decision about 2 yr ago about whether the 2nd Amend meant for a militia or for individual ownership of arms. The decision was, and is now the law of THIS country and that it means Individual Ownership.
            As much as “you” may interpret and may want it to be only Malitia, current USA LAW says otherwise.

            On crime and gun crime:
            Included in your data about more killed with guns than cars are Suicides(this is a personal choice we should all have and not a crime).
            Also included in your data are gang and drug gun crimes which, by the way, comprise about 80-90% of gun crime.
            That leaves the US with a very low “Actual” Gun Crime rate.
            In fact as Nations go, world wide the US ranked 91st in 2012 figures, yet we have by far the most guns per capita than any other country.
            Also all certified data sources(FBI, CDC, etc) on crime and gun crime show that gun crime and all crime is and has been decreasing in recent years in the US while gun sales and permits have increased dramatically. Gun sales are way up but crime in down.
            By your thinking that would not be possible, but it is – so you may want to reconsider some of your thinking.
            Cheer up – this is all good news – crime and gun crime are decreasing. That is what we want is it not?
            That is what you want is it not?

          3. Dave February 6, 2015

            Defender, I think that you will like this video.


          4. DEFENDER88 February 6, 2015


            Here is one for you.

            Go to: THE TRUTH ABOUT GUNS.COM

          5. Wedge Shot February 7, 2015

            Show me you source for the 80 -90% of gun deaths are suicides. Show me the source of your information. I don’t believe what you wrote so provide the documentation.

          6. DEFENDER88 February 7, 2015

            I did not say suicides account for 80-90% of gun gun deaths.
            I said “your” data includes suicides which I do not consider a crime. And 80-90% of the “crime” by guns is committed by gangs and the related drug trade.

            What I said, specifically was – ”
            “On crime and gun crime:
            Included in your data about more killed with guns than cars are Suicides(this is a personal choice we should all have and not a crime).
            Also included in your data are gang and drug gun crimes which, by the way, comprise about 80-90% of gun crime.”
            If you don’t know that, intuitively, by the city you live in, you need to get out more.

            On guns and gun crime:
            The overall Skyrocketing rate of gun ownership in the US for the last several years and the Homicide Rates for that period.

            In short, Gun sales are at all time highs whereas Gun Homicide rates have fallen during that time and are still falling.
            One could make the argument that guns are actually contributing to making us safer based on these actual figures.
            Figures from CDC (Center for Disease Control) which keeps this data for the US.

            Over the last decade, the number of guns being purchased in the United States has skyrocketed. Just over the last two years, there really hasn’t been a month where the NICS checks (the background check required to buy a firearm from a firearms dealer) has dropped under a million checks per month. The NSSF tracks the number of NICS checks reported by the FBI, and while the numbers are slightly lower than last year around this time (artificially high due to Obama’s re-election) sales are still through the roof. And that doesn’t even count the number of new (factory fresh) gun sales in states where a concealed handgun license exempts the holder from having to pass a NICS check, such as Texas and Virginia.

            Gun control activists constantly clamor that there’s a “gun violence epidemic” in the United States, but the numbers don’t reflect that statement. In fact, the argument could be made that as the firearms ownership rate increases there’s a correlation to a decline in the murder rate.

          7. DEFENDER88 February 8, 2015

            Gun deaths in the US are said to be “about” 13-14,000 now, which slightly exceeds auto related deaths for the 1st time.

            BUT that figure includes suicides, which are not gun crime. Take out suicides and the gun “crime” total is “about” 3-4,000/yr.

            And of that some 80-90% is drug and/or gang related.

            Even if you take the figure of 4000, that puts the US ranked btwn 90th and 110th in the world in gun crime. But we have (by far) the most guns. More guns does NOT mean more killing. The “rate” of gun crime is more related the violent nature of a society, not the number of guns.(From a large Harvard Law study(I would have to look up the “Credits”/authors but was well foot noted/documented) and the US figures/data support this. It has been shown that in violent countries in Africa where guns were not available they just used machetties.

  4. royvhold February 5, 2015

    someone needs to bitch slap watkins and send him running back to mommy

  5. latebloomingrandma February 5, 2015

    Constitutional scholar that he is, Watkins must have missed that part in the Constitution about “insurrections”. That’s when the real militia will be called out, and it won’t be him.

  6. ulfur February 5, 2015

    I was a member of Junior NRA and got a merit badge in riflery. I have a CAC permit. I also think Watkins is crazy. I just hope that when he gets frustrated, that won’t do a murder suicide. Too many gun nuts do that when their authority is challenged.

  7. DEFENDER88 February 5, 2015

    We Pro-gun rights and self defense advocates have our Idiots – like this guy.

    Just as you Anti-gun rights people have yours.

    If you are a sensible/responsible self defense and gun advocate(which the vast majority are), you know not to recommend Open Carry(his “thing”) anyway. For several reasons.

    Then making threats!! – that goes “directly” against all our most basic principals.

  8. Irishgrammy February 5, 2015

    Watkins is the poster boy for WHY there should at a minimum some regulation for back round mental/psychological checks along with felony/criminal checks. This man is a time bomb with a very short fuse and there are hundreds like him. And PALEASSSSEEE all you gun lovers, I have never and will never suggest depriving anyone of their precious guns, although I still don’t understand the need for assault/military type weapons!…..This creature, Watkins, like so many others of his ilk that think like him and may not be quite so vocal, are just waiting out there to prove themselves in some sick, twisted way! It is pure and simple logic, to do at a bare minimum of back round checks in some small meager way to at least make an attempt to prevent further gun violence by nut cases, who perceive their “rights” to arm themselves to the teeth and strut around with guns hanging from every appendage or live in their conspiracy motivated sick worlds that “everyone” is coming for them, supercede everyone else’s rights to NOT live in fear of incessant gun violence and bullying bravado, in what has become this excessively violent country! I mean REALLY, does anyone feel SAFER with Kory Watkins of Texas running around raging about his ability to carry hand guns when ever he wants as he threatens who ever he wants for what ever reason he conjures in his twisted mind! He demonstrates in the most profound way, why he or anyone who thinks and behaves like him should never have access, or RIGHTS to ANY firearm ever!!!

  9. Julieann Wozniak February 5, 2015

    Guess it isn’t terrorism if the perp is white, Christian, and right wing.

    1. DEFENDER88 February 5, 2015

      Is there something wrong with Black, Muslim and left wing?
      Purple, Jewish, centrist?
      Green, agnostic, non-voter?
      Orange, deist, socialist?
      WTF ?

      1. Julieann Wozniak February 5, 2015

        What’s the stereotypical terrorist in popular media? Arab and Muslim. Since Furgeson? Black, occupying finite space or gathering in groups of more than two. Never mind that the Murrah building was blown up by white supremacists who belonged to the Christian Identity movement. And I don’t think I need to mention our nation’s long history of
        Klan and militia activity.

  10. Eleanore Whitaker February 5, 2015

    That GA gun smuggler smuggled guns illegally into NY City for 17 years. Where did he get those guns he was smuggling? From the state of GA. The top 5 states that have the most gun deaths are all red states Alaska, Louisiana, Montana, Wyoming and Utah. The top 10 states with the most guns are also red states.

    So..it looks as though your gun smugglers think as long as they don’t get caught smuggling up north, they are good to go? Even when the guns they illegally smuggle end up killing innocent people? If these gun smugglers are getting their weapons they sell in THEIR states, our states should have the right to sue.

    1. Dave February 6, 2015

      What about the State Senator from California who was arrested for gun- running, and he is a big gun control advocate. State Senator Leland Yee.


  11. Jmz Nesky February 5, 2015

    I look at people like him and think maybe they view such mind-sets as their
    pacifier.. A sort of an extension of their cowardliness. All you gotta
    do is twitch a finger and the argument is settled. Why do you need to
    announce your intention? Don’t they realize by passing this idiotic law
    that THEY won’t be the only exhibitors? Most everybody can’t stand
    everybody else as it is, all this will do is alienate us even further.
    It’s the worst of the wild, wild west vs the roaring 20’s. Illogical and
    Preposterous AND treading on the TRUE intent of our precious
    constitution.. We’re not at war with each other (at least not at the

  12. Chrystal Myghty February 8, 2015

    Watkins should be arrested for sedition, if not treason, convicted and sent to prison. As a convicted felon, he would no longer be permitted to own any guns. Any gun owner who talks sedition and threatens lawmakers should have their guns confiscated and be charged with sedition. These people are psychologically unhinged and shouldn’t be permittted to own guns.


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