The Texas Standard

When a good citizen grabbed his gun and rushed to prevent more carnage in the mass shooting two weeks ago at a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, he displayed to the country just how things should be in every state. Indeed, if all Americans were able to carry their own firearms, American communities would be much safer.

Despite the push for a widespread ban on certain firearms, modified or otherwise, guns in the hands of responsible owners would do much to protect lives. The logic of ‘less guns equals less crime’ makes sense only to those who don’t understand the nature of criminal activity. As authority on the subject John Lott points out, more guns equals less crime.

The argument should therefore be directed toward keeping guns out of the hands of felons, criminals, ex-convicts and mentally unstable people, not law abiding citizens. Although criminals will always be able to access guns on the black market, penalties should be stiffer when they’re caught.

In situations where a person with a gun, or several guns, enters a building or approaches a crowded space, more armed citizens would make it much less likely for the deranged person to carry out a mission of destruction. Those who are determined to cause crisis and chaos intentionally seek out densely populated areas that have strict gun laws. Knowing a community espouses common sense gun laws, the kind which allow citizens to carry their firearms, would-be mass murderers are likely to stay away and find a liberal-run city that is a gun-control haven.

Fortunately, some areas in Texas are safer because sensible people do sensible things like carry firearms in the public space and are able to keep the public protected. If only every city was modeled this way.


Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of, a website for conservative viewpoints. A human rights activist, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at

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