Kory Watkins has a simple but noble goal in which a majority of gun owners can rally behind. That goal: to bring open and Constitutional carry to the Lone Star State.
Yet when it comes to achieving that goal, at times, Watkins appears to be his own worst enemy. Recently, the gun rights activist released a video where he expressed his ire toward legislators who are unwilling to embrace the full purview of the Second Amendment.
“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 in the video. “This is treason against the American people. You don’t sell my right back to me. You’re going to find trouble.”
Watkins has since removed the video from Youtube and clarified his remarks, saying he didn’t mean to threaten anyone. However, it was too late; the damage was done. MSNBC and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America pounced on Watkins.
“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,” said Mom’s volunteer Claire Larson.
“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,” she continued.
“After all, there are no panic buttons on the playground like the ones they had installed in their offices,” Larson, a former NRA-certified rifle instructor, concluded.
Expanding gun rights is all about winning hearts and minds. Specifically, winning over the hearts and minds of the non-gun owning public. That task becomes increasingly difficult when we give the opposition ammo to portray the gun community as radicals and zealots. In short, we can’t let our frustrations get the better of us.