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Olmos, TX police injure and arrest open carrier - President of Open Carry Texas

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So I took a moment to quickly scan the "we-are-pro-carry-if-you-do-it-our-way-and-give-us-money" site, run by the ever-increasingly addle-minded Chuckie "Textile" Cotton, only to discover that there appears to be a virtual blackout of discussion, news, reports, or even mention with regard to the very successful Olmos incidents and activities.

Of course, given that little Chuckie reigns pretty much supreme within the TSRA, I am disgusted, but not at all surprised.
A year or more ago I was removed from Chuckie's forum for raising the subject of <gasp> open carry.
 

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Here's my Facebook post about my trip. I'll post pics if I can figure out how to do so.

TEXAS: where everything is bigger!! (including **GUN RIGHTS** walks)

Yesterday morning I returned from my 3,400 mile first-time trip to/from and around Texas, where my primary purpose was to attend an Open Carry Texas walk/rally in Olmos Park, TX, and to observe Open Carry Texas in action. Olmos Park was the site of a recent abuse of power situation by the Chief and officers against the head of OCT (CJ Grisham) as well as others.

I'd followed Open Carry Texas for years, reading both the congratulations and criticisms of their actions and felt that this event was totally justified - so I decided to go.

You think you've seen a lot of huge pickup trucks? Uh... NO. Huge, towering highway interchanges with THREE levels? Uh... NO. The Lone Star plastered all over? Five or so different climate and culture zones in the same state? Amazing!

My first contact was with Amy Hedtke, who I thought was a gun-rights person, but who's actually a First Amendment activist (do an internet search) and self-described anarchist. She invited me to a SREC Texas gathering where I had the opportunity to meet Terry Holcomb Sr., head of Texas Carry, his wife Gina, and other gun-rights supporting GOP members. I received a warm Texas welcome when they found out I was from Cincinnati. :) Thanks Amy!

The next day was the walk/rally, scheduled to start at noon, but when I arrived at 10 AM there were at least 100 people already there! I walked around, took pictures, and talked to people. The militia groups had impressive vehicles and uniforms, the crowd was multi-cultural and mixed sex, firearms were on slings and in holsters. People were very friendly, and they were shocked when they found out where I was from - but then I met someone who not only knew who I was (!) and who had traveled nearly as far as I - from Arizona!

I met Richard Briscoe, the Legislative Director for OCT, and with whom I later had lunch. I also met David Amad, VP of OCT, who I'd briefly spoken to prior to the walk. Both gentlemen are total class acts, and deeply committed to expanding firearms rights and privileges.

The Olmos Park police made themselves scarce during the walk, with the San Antonio police directing/stopping traffic so that participants could cross the main street into the upscale residential portion of Olmos Park. Just by chance, I got to meet the Chief of San Antonio, who was in a marked SUV.

In all, I was impressed by OCT's leaders and the 500+ participants. I enjoyed myself in Texas, and learned a number of things about TX politics and the TX gun rights environment.

As a side note, it was apparent in my conversations with various people that that approaches differ between individuals and groups as to how to advance gun rights and privileges - even in a much more favorable environment than Ohio.

It's a damn shame that Texas is so far away! :D

Below I'll provide a link to an individual's numerous pictures of the event. Joining Open Carry Texas' FB group will allow you to see more pics as well as videos.

Thanks Texas!

P.S. - As I understand it, CJ Grisham didn't participate in the event because of the (bogus) charges pending against him

P.P.S. - I indicated that my photos were taken in Olmos Park, though they were actually taken in San Antonio, which completely surrounds OP, and where the rally point was because of concerns that the OP Police would act out again.

400+ pictures by another participant:https://www.facebook.com/groups/opencarrytexas/permalink/954196001409985/
 
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Rights activist Amy Hedtke (search her name). Check out those boots!

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Terry Holcomb, head of Texas Carry

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Richard Briscoe, Legislative Director of Open Carry Texas

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Phillip Turner, of the First Amendment case Turner vs Driver. See https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy...-rules-you-have-the-right-to-film-the-police/

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A participant (named Greg, I believe) who live-streamed the Olmos Park city council's repeal of their "no long gun carry" ordinance

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David Amad, VP of Open Carry Texas

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Joe, the only visibly armed black participant I saw. He said it was his first time to OC, and that he only felt safe doing so in a crowd

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Two participants from Arizona! The fellow on the left called me by my OCDO handle. I was stunned, to say the least! He can identify himself if he chooses.

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Some criminal standing where CJ Grisham (head of Open Carry Texas) was accosted by the Olmos Park Police

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Members from two of the TX militias represented

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Various participants

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Various participants

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GIANT banner

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Crowd pics, two at the rally point in San Antonio, and two in the residential area of Olmos Park - which is affluent, btw.

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Chief McManus of the San Antonio PD

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There's no shortage of Lone Star images in TX!

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Signage at a rest stop (which are huge, btw) on the way home

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Thank you much BB62. That group would make any state proud.

BTW - appreciate the GSL sticker on your hat...:D
 

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David Amad, VP of Open Carry Texas

Thanks for the photos and the great report. You're one of the few people who can make David Amad look like a little pipsqueak, which as anyone who has stood next to him knows, he is most definitely not!
 

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Absolutely beautiful pics! Love the ARs and S2K too. I hope more marches will be happening in all states.
 

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So I took a moment to quickly scan the "we-are-pro-carry-if-you-do-it-our-way-and-give-us-money" site, run by the ever-increasingly addle-minded Chuckie "Textile" Cotton, only to discover that there appears to be a virtual blackout of discussion, news, reports, or even mention with regard to the very successful Olmos incidents and activities.

Of course, given that little Chuckie reigns pretty much supreme within the TSRA, I am disgusted, but not at all surprised.

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I shook the dust from my feet many years ago when it comes to anything involving Chuckie.

BB62, how many times did you hear, "You a big ol' boy, ain't ya?"

Also, I hope they introduced you to actual chili, not that Skyline spaghetti sauce. :lol:
 

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I shook the dust from my feet many years ago when it comes to anything involving Chuckie.

BB62, how many times did you hear, "You a big ol' boy, ain't ya?"

Also, I hope they introduced you to actual chili, not that Skyline spaghetti sauce. :lol:
Hey, watch it buster.......
 

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...BB62, how many times did you hear, "You a big ol' boy, ain't ya?" ...
Not once! Of course, maybe it was my squinty-eyed look and obvious itchy trigger finger! :eek: :rolleyes:



... Also, I hope they introduced you to actual chili, not that Skyline spaghetti sauce. :lol:
I didn't have the opportunity to eat what they puzzlingly call "chili" in TX :rolleyes:, but I did eat a late lunch with some of the walk/rally participants at a Rudy's Country Store & BBQ in Schertz, TX! :cool:
 
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Although he was, arguably, the more brutally attacked of the two, CJ has decent legal representation. On the other hand, Jim Everard, an oath-keeping patriot and a truly selfless individual if there ever was one, might be able to use some help with his legal bills. By all means, do your own Google research and let your conscience be your guide:

http://fnd.us/61LTo7?ref=ab_27ERwc_sh_4V4a6nBLblR4V4a6nBLblR
 
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@gutshot II:

I agree with your "talking points" and sentiments 100% (you're one of the FEW who see the "situation" clearly). Additionally, I wanted to say that I also appreciate what OCT has done here in TX.
So, I just wanted to do this quick "FYI" post in support of how you see things (re: MOST gun owners, and ESPECIALLY gun carriers) as I see the very same complacency, apathy and laziness myself (as personally experienced since 2008, organizing/hosting many OC/CC events in 3 states: CO, NM and now TX). And PLENTY of lame excuses for not being involved/active -- they're completely useless to the pro-gun/carry "cause." It's absolutely disgraceful...
Gun owners/carriers are their own worst enemy and don't even know it. Even if they DO know, they're apparently in denial of it.
Either way, they have only themselves to blame, not "the Left" or the anti-gun/gun-control people...
I won't say more due to some people here as I don't want to argue with them (one reason I no longer post here as I used to).
Regards,
-- cloudcroft
(President, Open Carry El Paso)
 
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Although he was, arguably, the more brutally attacked of the two, CJ has decent legal representation. On the other hand, Jim Everard, an oath-keeping patriot and a truly selfless individual if there ever was one, might be able to use some help with his legal bills. By all means, do your own Google research and let your conscience be your guide:

http://fnd.us/61LTo7?ref=ab_27ERwc_sh_4V4a6nBLblR4V4a6nBLblR


Wait you mean CJ doesn’t cover legal expenses of his fellow activists at his shock and awe civil disobedience activist sessions?

The same CJ associated as membership director with https://www.selfdefensefund.com/terms-conditions/ ?

I’m shocked I tell you, absolutely shocked!

But how did you word it eariler TXOCT, oh ya:

THOSE who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” Payne.

 
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@gutshot II:

I agree with your "talking points" and sentiments 100% (you're one of the FEW who see the "situation" clearly). Additionally, I wanted to say that I also appreciate what OCT has done here in TX.
So, I just wanted to do this quick "FYI" post in support of how you see things (re: MOST gun owners, and ESPECIALLY gun carriers) as I see the very same complacency, apathy and laziness myself (as personally experienced since 2008, organizing/hosting many OC/CC events in 3 states: CO, NM and now TX). And PLENTY of lame excuses for not being involved/active -- they're completely useless to the pro-gun/carry "cause." It's absolutely disgraceful...
Gun owners/carriers are their own worst enemy and don't even know it. Even if they DO know, they're apparently in denial of it.
Either way, they have only themselves to blame, not "the Left" or the anti-gun/gun-control people...
I won't say more due to some people here as I don't want to argue with them (one reason I no longer post here as I used to).
Regards,
-- cloudcroft
(President, Open Carry El Paso)
Interesting background!

If you're ever in Cincinnati, let me know.
 
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