Texas….it’s different than most places.  

We place a high value on freedom and the ability to lead our lives unencumbered by nonsensical policies and noise that are created by politicians in other parts of the nation. 

We look out for our neighbors and when possible, take care of our own business.  I’m not saying that we are the only state that works to keep our eye on what the founders intended, but we many times succeed where others fall short. 

Case in point: Ector County, Texas Sheriff Mike Griffis.  His county is where a recent shooting took place that killed eight and wounded 25.  He knows tragedy.

But he also leads men and women who step up when called upon.  And when politicians who are in the middle of their 15 minutes of fame try to use his county as an example to take away rights, he does not sit idly by.  He is not afraid to call politicians to task. Sheriff Griffis’ Facebook post from today:

“The recent events in our community have turned very political, and it is the worst day we have all experienced. We will persevere and be better than ever. In the meantime…….Robert Francis Oroarke (sic) DO NOT lie about what happened in OUR community to further YOUR PERSONAL POLITICAL AGENDA !!! Our Odessa Fire and Rescue was on scene within 8 minutes in the case you spoke of in your “debate”. You stated it took an hour. All of OUR FIRST RESPONDERS performed in the most diligent, precise, determined way ever. This is the problem with you people, you will lie only to further your personal desires and agenda. You speak from the seat of your pants. Do not lie about my people, my community. WE are the best, friendliest, most sincere people in this world. We would like to invite you to quit lying and trying to use us, and please do not show your face in our home never again for your photo ops!!”

Or maybe you saw Denton County, Texas Sheriff Tracy Murphree’s response to the same candidate:

Dear Mr. O’Rourke,

When you say “we” I hope you don’t mean me. This is one Sheriff that will never assist in your plan to trample on the 2nd Amendment rights of those I serve. I won’t help you steal personal, private, legally owned property from American Citizens. I took an oath to Preserve, Protect, and Defend the Constitution of the United States of America. A Constitution that guarantees my right to keep and bear arms. A Constitution written to protect citizens from an oppressive government. I intend to live up to that oath.

With the utmost sincerity,
Tracy Murphree
Sheriff, Denton County Texas
“Come and Take It”

Sheriff Griffis and Sheriff Murphree are not unlike other law enforcement leaders around Texas (and other states).  They don’t like being used as pawns in a cat and mouse election year shell game of grandiose promises that profess to fix everything that ails society while realistically delivering on very little.

Recently ,Texas Governor Greg Abbott pulled together those who have been IN the fight.  Not only law enforcement, but people like Stephen Willeford, the citizen who used his own AR15 to engage and stop the shooter at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church. 

Mr. Willeford, like many law enforcement officers, know that you can’t legislate morality and you can’t pass a law that magically stop the violent escapades of a small portion of our mentally ill population.

The bottom line is that Texas usually gets it right, and don’t just pay lip service to our principles. 

Case in point: did you know that if you can legally carry a firearm, you can carry it right through the front doors of the Texas Capitol building in Austin?  On any given day, there are hundreds of ordinary citizens responsibly carrying their firearm in those hallowed halls. 

We understand that restricting the rights of many based on the actions of a minuscule portion of our population is not only unethical, it doesn’t solve the problem.

There is a saying that you have probably heard: Don’t mess with Texas.

That applies to Texas first responders.  Don’t try to manipulate our officers, deputies, firefighters and EMT’s actions in saving lives to perpetuate a flawed political talking point.

Sheriff Griffis or Sheriff Murphree I have met neither of you, but I know many men and women with a badge in the Lone Star State that would be willing to line up along side of either of you in doing what is right.

You embody what it is to be a Texan and we are proud to have you in our midst.

LET Note – here’s some additional background on O’Rourke from a previous report:

Earlier this year, Reuters bragged that it had a scoop that Democratic presidential candidate Beto R’Rourke was once involved in a notorious hacker group. 

But they intentionally sat on the story until after O’Rourke lost his Texas Senate race to incumbent Ted Cruz.

The story dropped by Reuters’ Joseph Menn.  It came out that O’Rourke, who is a former member of Congress and the latest Democrat to throw his hat in the ring for the 2020 presidential race, had a secret membership in an infamous hacking group known as the Cult of the Dead Cow (CDC).

It’s the oldest and arguably the most influential collection of hackers in America, and although he was a member as a teenager, the group has protected his secret for decades so they wouldn’t damage his political career.

Menn has a book coming out about the group, and first learned more than a year ago – in 2017 –  that O’Rourke was a member.  He said on Friday that he sat on the story until AFTER O’Rourke’s high-profile Senate race in exchange for an on-the-record interview.  He claims he was “on leave” from Reuters at the time so he could work on his book.

Menn had been diving into the CDC for years and “found out that they had a member who was sitting in Congress … and then I figured out which one it was.”

He claims they wouldn’t confirm that O’Rourke was the member in question unless he agreed to hang on to the information “until after the November election” in 2018.

He agreed, then approached O’Rourke for an interview with the promise that it would not be published until after his Senate race. O’Rourke agreed.

Menn, of course, defended his reporting decision on Twitter.  He said he only had a “guess” that O’Rourke was the CDC member in Congress and “zero sources.”

He did not, however, explain how he came to guess O’Rourke’s involvement and if he had enough information at the time to independently verify his hunch without the CDC’s confirmation.  He also went on to say he agreed to CDC’s terms because he “wanted the full story” for his book on the group “rather than 1 scoop ahead of a state vote.”

Shocker – CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter defended the decision on Twitter, writing, “Reporters who are writing books sometimes hold back certain info till their book comes out. That’s what the reporter says happened in this case.”

Responding to criticism about the decision, he added, “What’s your proposal — no books?”

O’Rourke spoke positively of the CDC in his interview with Menn.  It’s a group which engaged in illegal activity… that apparently O’Rourke himself was part of.

According to Menn’s reporting, O’Rourke accessed cracked gaming software and stole credit card numbers in order to place free long distance phone calls.

“There’s just this profound value in being able to be apart from the system and look at it critically and have fun while you’re doing it,” O’Rourke said of the group. “I think of the Cult of the Dead Cow as a great example of that.”

The holding out of information is reminiscent of when NBC News sat on newsworthy information about then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in September of 2018.

That was when Julie Swetnick claimed Kavanaugh had participated in gang rapes.  Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, said it was an allegation that could be corroborated by another woman.

But in late October – weeks after Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings – NBC revealed that the second woman contradicted Swetnick’s story during a phone interview on September 30.

Instead of publishing the information DURING the hearings and allegations in the Senate, NBC decided to intentionally hold out until AFTER the judge was confirmed.

No bias here, folks.