Here is your Morning Brief for February 5, 2015.

Bill Pugliano, Getty Images
Bill Pugliano, Getty Images

Open Carry

If Open Carry fails in during the 84th Texas Legislative session, you can go ahead and blame activists who keep shooting themselves in the foot. The latest incident came yesterday when Kory Watkins of Open Carry Tarrant County posted a video that some saw as threatening on Facebook. According to the Austin American Statesman, Watkins removed the video from his Facebook but the damage was done.

“I don’t know if they forgot what their duty is, but it’s to protect the Constitution. And let me remind you, going against the Constitution is treason. And, my friend, that is punishable by death. That’s how serious this is,” Watkins said.

“They better start giving us our rights or this peaceful non-cooperation stuff is going to be gamed up. We’re going to step it up a notch,” he said. “We should be demanding these people give us our rights back, or it’s punishable by death.”

Watkins removed the video from his Facebook page Wednesday morning, explaining that he intended to show that the nation’s founders took treason seriously, not to threaten members of the Texas Legislature, which is debating whether to allow openly carried handguns in the state.

Watkins later posted that he didn't want to hurt any lawmakers and instead he may resorts to "sit-ins".

Okay, that's fine if Watkins really didn't mean that he wanted to hurt lawmakers but as I wrote earlier the damage was done. The video Watkins posted and his attitude is doing nothing to help gun rights in Texas. In fact, I believe he is hurting the cause. I am for open carry and believed that it would easily pass in this session. However, this is at least the second incident with the organization and lawmakers and this could give opponents and fence sitters the ammo they need to vote against open carry.

As I have said before. When dealing with lawmakers and trying to get your message across, don't be a jackass.

Jeb Bush in Detroit

Jeb Bush spoke in Detroit yesterday about poverty and his vision for a better America. According to USA Today Bush spoke about how Americans were frustrated and too many living on the edge of economic ruin.

"How do we recapture the prosperity and opportunity that once defined cities like Detroit," he asked a crowd of about 600 people at the Detroit Economic Club luncheon. "How do we restore America's faith in the moral promise of our great nation that any child born today can reach further than their parents? This is an urgent issue: Far too many Americans live on the edge of economic ruin."

In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama called it Middle Class Economics. In Detroit, the third Bush to contemplate running for president of the United States — behind his father, former president George H.W. Bush, and his brother former president George W. Bush — called his plan, the Right to Rise.

"Today, Americans across the country are frustrated. They see only a small portion of the population riding the economy's up escalator," he said. "It's true enough that we've seen some recent and welcome good news on the economy. But it's very little, and it's come very late."

According to Breitbart, Bush also spoke on the issue of immigration. While it's early, it is clear that Jeb Bush is the front-runner. For now.

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