I've come to a point that I'm unfamiliar with - I can't decide on something. I have debated the sides and think that I've come to a practical necessity, however unfortunate, that makes the decision for me. It's something that some people never even consider having an issue with while others I've met battle greatly with it.
The issue at hand is concealed carry. Texas is a Shall Issue State meaning, if you pass all the designated requirements, they are required to issue a license to you without you having to demonstrate "special needs" for one. So where does my consternation come in? Yep, I would be applying for a license to exercise a right. That automatically makes it a privilege. That's not good. Especially considering we don't have the option of Open Carry here.
The fact of the matter is, however, that if I were to carry my sidearm as the Constitution says I'm allowed, and am forced to use it - I am going to jail. No doubts or hesitations, that's an arrest. We are "ALLOWED" in Texas, to carry a concealed handgun in our vehicles without a license, however, to take it with us into the restaurant, store, movie theater etc., gotta have the license.
Am I thinking too much (as I'm apt to do), should I just do as I'm told and apply for this license to exercise one of my basic rights as a Human Being? Some have said that I should not and, if I ever do get dragged into court over it, take a stand and fight for 2nd Amendment principles. Well, I read the Heller Decision and they clearly back the idea of "Common Sense" Gun Control. I don't think a friendlier court decision is going to be coming in these days either.
To me, it sounds like my decision is made. However, I suppose I just wanted to throw it out to some like minded individuals and see if my trepidation was warranted or not.
As a side note, I have been told by some to NEVER EVER get that license because the license holders will be the first they come after when the guns have to go. Personally, I am not bothered by that. The Government is well aware of several of my weapons, they are well aware of my position on them thanks to the things I post on these inter-tubes (My Gonzales Flag flying outside the house doesn't hide my ideas very well either) and they are well aware of what response I feel would be required in that situation
Anyway, sort of thinking with my fingers here and curious what thoughts might come out of it.