Skip to comments.Active protest against Houston DA regarding gun possession
Posted on 08/30/2005 6:02:08 AM PDT by WillMalven
I just sent this letter to Houston DA Chuck Rosenthal.
Your stance on the enforcement of the Texas handgun travel law is unacceptable. The intent of the State Legislature and Governor in passing this law revision was and is very clear. Your declaration of intent to arrest and prosecute drivers without CCLs found to be carrying firearms in their automobiles is just as clearly an effort to disregard the will of the people of Texas and Harris County as reflected in the State Legislature. In doing so you are in direct violation of your sworn duties. All data show that the restriction of gun possession leads to higher, not lower crime. The Bill of Rights guarantees each American Citizen the individual the right to keep and bear arms. Your decision in this case not only thwarts will of the Texas Legislature, but flies in the face of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Your disrespect for the will of the people is both shameful and arrogant. Your Liberal agenda will not succeed.
Enjoy your brief day in the sun, it will not last. You may rest assured that you will not be re-elected to office. We gun owners will actively campaign against your re-election.
Will Malven The Tin Ear http://mensnewsdaily.com/blog/malven"
I stopped voting for Chuck a couple years ago. I don't vote Rat but he doesn't get my vote even if I have to leave that race blank.
I don't need my morning coffee. You woke me up with this bombshell. Please give the link to your source for this article. I'd like to read it.
I personally know 5 people who have been car jacked in the past year. 2 of them in the past month. Different parts of town, the last was kidnapped in the backseat. All female.
One was kicked in the ribs and had a sawed off shotgun shoved in her face by a teen.
The cars have been recovered and there is little effort made by the police to actually prosecute these cases. In one, the crook made phone calls with the owner's cell phone. In another there was a Reliant Park ID badge in the recovered car. Didn't sound like the police wanted to take any prints from the interior of the cars.
The "police" in this town are too busy installing red light cameras, mandating tows for cars stopped in a highway breakdown lane for more than 5 minutes at ANY time of day, and enforcing EPA mandated speed limits below 70 MPH. Oh, and jay-walking is now enforced downtown.
Easy to ticket the harmless citizens and take their revenue for the city budget.
If the police won't stop carjacking, it will HAVE to be up to the owners of those cars.
The Cowards e-mail account has been disabled!!!
His e-mail address at the DA's Office.
Calling all law abiding gun owners:
Please take a minute and give Chuck Rosenthal a phone call to express your outrage over his intent to prosecute you for traveling with a gun in your car. It will only take a minute and he needs to get an avalanche of calls today! Phone: 713-755-5800
The city of Houston doesn't have its own domain name?
Is is prudent to send an email directly to him anyhow? It would seem it would be better to sent to indirectly so the emails would be counted and verified rather than to someone who will just delete them and say he never had a negative response?
Johnny Come Lately
|Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal|
More than 237,000 Texans have concealed handgun licenses. But many other law-abiding adults don't have licenses because they are disqualified by exceptions that have nothing to do with public safety, said Alice Tripp, a lobbyist for the Texas State Rifle Association, an NRA affiliate.
Tripp said people who have defaulted on student loans, who owe the state sales tax or franchise tax payments or are behind in child support payments are ineligible to receive a license.
Workaround for these individuals:
Get a license from Florida or Utah, which are recognized in Texas. There is no prohibition in Texas law that prevents Texas residents from carrying on a license from a different state.
Bookmark for later reference.
After this, I'll do the same.
Rosenthal's response to my e-mail (verbatim):
"Well, as it so happens I am in favor of gun ownership. I took an oath to defend and protect the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this state, and I intend to do exactly that. There are a number of instances where the law permits the possession of handguns in cars we recognize those laws, but I believe that they should be sorted out in court, and not on the streets.
Consider this scenario. Police officers stop a car for a traffic violation. While getting ID from the driver, he sees the butt of a handgun protruding from under the driver's seat. Office asks the driver where he is going. Driver answers that he is going to the liquor store 2 miles from his house. Driver meets the other requisites for "traveling". On the way back from the adult beverage store, driver sees someone who he thinks "disrespected" him some time back and shoots his acquaintance. Victim survives, finds out the police knew about the gun, the settled law is that he was not traveling; officer and his municipality are sued by the victim.
Point is that not everyone is as judicious about gun ownership as you and your friends probably are.
If the legislature had really meant to allow anyone who wanted to carry a handgun (note, the law does not apply to shoulder weapons) in their car, why do you suppose they did not repeal the laws with respect concealed carry permits? Presumptions are simply that. For instance all persons charged with crimes are presumed to be innocent, but that doesn't mean that they are in fact innocent.
By the way, I'm up for re-election in '08."
That last seems a might arrogant to me...
I think a reasonable response to that point would be to ask for the section number of Texas law that governs the recall process for Dstrict Attorneys. :=)
"There are a number of instances where the law permits the possession of handguns in cars we recognize those laws, but I believe that they should be sorted out in court, and not on the streets."
The "courts" have shown a tendency to try to legislate from the bench. The representatives of the people, the ones who WRITE and PASS the laws have already made this point clear. Stop trying to muck about with the laws.
I still think that Chuck deliberately botched the handling of the same sex sodomy law (which he didn't agree with).
The guy is a real piece of work. One can go through life wondering about "what if's" but all he can come up with is avaoiding a lawsuit? Pretty lame.