Thursday, September 17, 2015

Good news for Texans. Now they can bring their guns to the Houston Zoo. You know in case one the animals starts a firefight.

Courtesy of the Houston Press:

The next time you take your family to the Houston Zoo, you can bring your licensed handgun along, too. 

The zoo lifted its gun ban after receiving a demand letter from an independent attorney with Texas Law Shield, a Houston-based legal services company focusing on gun rights issues, the Houston Chronicle first reported yesterday. 

Backed by a recently-passed Texas bill authorizing the Attorney General to investigate and possibly fine "political subdivisions" that post signs prohibiting weapons where concealed handgun license holders are allowed to carry, T. Edwin Walker sent a letter to the zoo just two days after the bill went went into effect on September 1. 

In response the above sign was taken down and now "freedom" reigns in Texas zoos. 

Animals in cages with no way to escape.

Visitors packing weapons.

In Texas.

Nope, nothing can go wrong here.

17 comments:

  1. Randall2:11 AM

    Good thing there isn't a Kim Davis exercising her "religious freedom" to refuse to issue concealed carry licenses in Texas, hunh?

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  2. Anonymous2:22 AM

    So, in Tex-ass, it's perfectly okay to bring your glock to the zoo, but the kid who made a clock from a children's science kit and brought it to school to show his teacher was suspended.

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    1. Anonymous4:29 AM

      I thought the same thing. Of course the clock maker was Muslim. What a crazy country now.
      Beaglemom

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  3. A friend of mine works here. Gee... we can hardly wait.

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  4. Anonymous3:43 AM

    Are we inviting the Dick, "I've Got My Own Bunker!" Cheney?
    He's real good hitting an intended target with a shotgun after an argument!

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  5. SallyinMI4:00 AM

    My son and his family have season passes to this zoo. I have been there half a dozen times..it is a wonderful place, but no more. I will not be going back. What is it with the gun nuts? Do they really want to ruin every public space in this nation? Why on Earth would anyone take a young family to this zoo now when people will have guns? It's insane. How do we fight this? Or is the country truly lost? Hey, NRA...the 2nd amendment does NOT mean you get to deny American citizens the right to assemble without guns. I prefer that my grandkids grow up safe and without bullet holes. One would think a sane person would feel the same.

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    1. Anonymous5:40 AM

      I share your concerns. I would boycott Texas, altogether. Just too crazy and scary.

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  6. Anonymous4:28 AM

    Ah well, you can take your "open carry" gun to public school events in Michigan now too. Nothing inspires the free exchange of ideas at a school board meeting or the free discussion of a child's problems in the classroom as the presence of a handgun. I suppose that AK-47's are allowed as well if they are properly shouldered. All anyone needs is a permit and we all know how difficult they are to get.

    The animals in the Houston zoo and their keepers should have the right to keep gun-toting nature lovers out of this environment where animals are supposed to be visited in safety. Poor creatures. They used to be hunted on the veldt or in forests where at least they could run away; now they're fenced and caged for easier slaughter by crazy people. Remember Dick Cheney on the hunt where caged birds are regularly released for slaughter by rich, probably drunk, folks.

    The question that no one asks is why anyone in his/her right mind would feel the need to carry a gun to a school or a zoo. Only a person with serious issues (gross feelings of inadequacy otherwise or extreme anger for example) would want to do so and those issues should be enough to keep that person from owning a gun in the first place.
    Beaglemom

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  7. Anonymous4:30 AM

    God help any monkey who throws poop at one of these proud gun toting people. "Monkey shot at Houston Zoo. Man claims he was standing his ground." or I wonder how long until there is an accidental shooting there, either the gun toter them self, or some innocent bystander.

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    1. Anonymous8:07 AM

      monkeys are known to try to grab stuff from taunting visitors. I wonder when the first monkey will grab a gun from some idjit teasing them with a gun - and then shooting the unsecured gun by accident. Here's to hoping, the monkey shoots the perp!
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    2. Anonymous8:56 AM

      Let's hope, the mo key hits the 'perp' in the 'family jewels' and castrates the bastard - not kills him!

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  8. Anonymous5:13 AM

    This is horrible. Damn these idiots. I hate my own state with a passion. This will end in tragedy when a freak like Ted Nugent shows up. Oh my God. I don't live in Houston, but I hope to God someone fights this. How totally and completely idiotic. I used to volunteer at a zoo and work with primates. My God, I would have defended them with my life. What kind of a sicko gun loving environment do we live in? Shit!!!! I will be calling the zoo today and blasting them for not fighting this crap!

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    1. Anonymous6:09 AM

      The daughter and family of friends of ours has just relocated to Houston for her husband's job. I hope that the children will grow up with better values than we see in 21st century Texas, although I'm not so sure that Michigan, or indeed any state, is much different any more.
      Beaglemom

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    2. Anonymous8:11 AM

      Beaglemom: give up your hope! I have a totally sane, intelligent daughter Who relocated to AUSTIN - the bastion of saneness in TexAss - who became an avid guntoting CW-carrier!
      Thankfully, she moved out of there after a few years and now lives in Europe. She has regained her sanity.
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  9. Anonymous8:10 AM

    Why are 2nd amendment rights more important than women's right to chose? They protest and fight to close down legal facilities and pull funding - but they'll threaten to sue places that practice public safety measures.

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  10. Anonymous5:46 PM

    I'm not a fan of zoos, per se. Wild Animals belong in the wild. Texas, on the other hand, SHOULD have Zoos.......... for gun toting overcompensaters. Just ban bullets.

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  11. They better put guards in front of the elephants, lions, leopards, tigers, rhinos, wolves, etc. so the visitors don't decide to take home a trophy or do a little poaching.

    "I thought it was a coyote" is not going to work at the zoo where the cages are clearly labeled.

    Oh, wait. Texas. I forgot about the literacy problem.

    I guess they'll need to put up signs with the crossed red circle over a gun so they know NOT to shoot them.

    Texas. A state I will never set foot in. Not even on a connecting flight.

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