More shenanigans in Texas where, apparently, only the most outrageous acts are viewed as normal. Consider a permit-to-carry as a fast track into the Texas statehouse, according to this AP story carried in today’s Washington Post:

Everyone from lobbyists to lawyers and journalists is rushing to get permits to carry guns inside the Texas Capitol, where legislators already often tote pistols in boots and purses or stow them away inside their desks.

A unique loophole in a new security procedure means a gun permit is like a special-access pass into the domed building, allowing people who are certified to carry a gun to bypass lines at the metal detectors that were set up after a shooting incident earlier this year.

"Nobody wants to be the one standing in line behind three hundred kids wearing the same colored T-shirt," said University of Texas political scientist Jim Henson.

For the full story, see

Remind me to skip that tour.

Sorry Paul, George, Kathleen, Ann and other Texaphiles on Birds. Maybe guns as accessories are something a person can get used to. Frankly, I hope I never do.  



07/21/2010 08:47

It's ridiculous. I just keep telling myself, "The music is great, the music is great, the music is great..."

07/21/2010 10:51

This has been big news here in the Hill Country. Run of the mill Austinites are universally against it, as are all of us who are afraid of armed masses. But every single legislator and capital worker--regardless of personal belief--will get the permit because it will give them fast-track entry to government buildings. Nobody wants to "stand in line behind 300 children all wearing the same color shirts", as one legislator said.

07/21/2010 15:07

Even worse. Some of those adult children are still packing their sippy cups.

I'm a native Texas -- and I think this lobby/gun culture is stupid and dangerous.


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