Jerry Patterson is the Texas Land Commissioner.Â In this article, he’s responding to criticism that he regularly carries in Big Bend National Park.
I’ve been criticized for acknowledging I carried a concealed handgun, as is my right, on recent visits to Big Bend National Park. A National Park Service rule prohibits carrying a loaded, concealed handgun.
â€œEvidently, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson was absent from school the day the Constitution was covered,â€ wrote the San Antonio Express-News Editorial Board.
While that’s an awfully cute jab, the reality is I’ve learned the Constitution over the course of a lifetime â€“ not just one day. I’ve taken oaths to uphold and protect our Constitution â€“ as a U.S. Marine and as a state elected official.
A politician who takes his oath to uphold the constitution seriously, AND flagrantly disregards a unconstitutional laws?Â It’s almost enough to make me move to Texas just so I can vote for him.Â He ends with this:
As an elected official, I take an oath that I will â€œto the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State, so help me God.â€
I do not regard such affirmations as anachronistic formalities. I guess you can call me an old-fashioned believer in the wisdom of those who penned the Bill of Rights and not much of a believer in the wisdom of editorial boards.
Hat tip to Cam at NRANews for this one.
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