Today is Good Friday on the Christian calendar and it gets one to thinking about the Texas license to carry and what (perhaps) would Jesus do if he had one. Of course Jesus would not have had a license to carry in Texas. He would have had a license to carry in Roman occupied Palestine. Moreover, the firearm would not have been invented at the time Jesus walked the earth but we can certainly suspend our disbelief as to that detail. One might even ask if there were any laws in effect as to the carrying of any type of weapon in that particular time and place.
TEXAS LICENSE TO CARRY TYPE LAWS IN ANCIENT PALESTINE
The first question I can think of asking is would the possibility that Jesus legally carrying a firearm have an impact on the events commemorated by Good Friday? On one hand, according to the canonical gospel accounts Jesus willingly gave himself up to the authorities to be crucified. As such, if he happened to be legally carrying a firearm at the time of his arrest this probably would not have impacted the events as recorded. The authorities would probably have confiscated the firearm even though they would not know what the object actually was.
On the other hand, let us suppose that Jesus did not want to willingly hand himself over to the authorities whilst he had a legal firearm in his possession. One can easily picture him using this firearm to defend himself against the Roman soldiers and the Jewish Temple guards. The sound of a firearm would likely be very unfamiliar to the people of the time. It is not unreasonable to assume that the crowd would disperse upon hearing the discharge of the firearm. We can then picture our Lord calmly walking away.
The green leaf buds are sprouting and real men and women are sporting their Texas license to carry in the cool spring breeze. Readers of the Concealed Handgun News Blog know the sense of security that you get when you carry a loaded handgun into a public place. The sad truth about life in modern America is that a criminal can assault you at any time and in any place. Statistically it is not likely to happen but when it does you want to be able to defend yourself and carrying a firearm affords you that level of protection and security.
TEXAS LICENSE TO CARRY THIS!
There is something uniquely soothing about carrying a loaded firearm in a public place in springtime. New life is sprouting forth from the ground and from the wombs of wild animals. Although a loaded weapon can be used to take life which would contradict the spawning of vernal new life, a loaded weapon can also be used to protect and preserve life as well. In this way a license to carry a firearm is a license to protect and nurture life, the very life that is generate and affirmed in the season we call spring.
So the next time you consider obtaining a license to carry a firearm in the state of Texas, the Concealed Handgun News blog invites you to also consider the life affirming properties that come hand in hand with the act of carrying a firearm. It is no small privilege to carry a firearm and this privilege comes with a great deal of responsibility as well. But if you are up for the challenge and the responsibility, and you meet all the legal qualifications, then the state of Texas invites you to join the proud citizenry who are licensed to carry.
Many residents of the State of Texas have come to appreciate the feeling of safety that comes with obtaining a Texas license to carry a firearm. This feeling is generated from the knowledge that should a dangerous situation present itself to the holder of the license to carry a firearm, he or she will be able to protect himself or herself. The knowledge that a person will be reasonably capable of protecting themselves rather than have to rely upon law enforcement or some other good Samaritan is no small or insignificant benefit. In fact it could be argued that it is one of the most important benefits a person can ever obtain in a free society.
Other Benefits Deriving from a Texas License to Carry
There are many other benefits besides the feeling of safety that will also accrue to the holder of a license to carry a firearm in the state of Texas. These benefits include but are not limited to the following: (1) the holder of a license to carry can spend time at a firing range, (2) the holder of a license to carry can protect his or her friends, neighbors, family or other people he or she might run into who are in a state of distress caused by an attacker.
The right to obtain a license to carry in the state of Texas of course derives from the second amendment to the U. S. Constitution. This amendment has been interpreted to allow for a “right to bear arms” that “shall not be infringed” by the U. S. Congress through legislation. Of course the second amendment also refers to a “well regulated militia” but this language is typically not considered in the debate related to the control of the sale of guns in the United States of America.