Open Carry Tarrant County leader Kory Watkins posted a video on his Facebook page this morning in which he called Texas lawmakers "masters" and slammed a proposed bill that would require Texans to get a permit to openly carry handguns.
In the same video, which he took down, Watkins added that treason was "punishable by death," noted the Houston Chronicle.
Watkins' video (below) was reposted on YouTube by user Coco Mars.
In the video, Watkins says:
"Let me remind you, going against the Constitution is treason. And, my friend, that is punishable by death. That's how serious this is. And I think that they've slipped away from that, you know, maybe a foot in the door, got a friendly reminder, a Rosa Parks reminder, peaceful reminder of we're not playing around."
"I don't think they want to mess with us too much longer. 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. I think here in Texas we're tired of jacking around with people in suits who think they can take away freedoms in the name of safety."
In response to the controversy, Watkins later wrote on Facebook:
"This morning I removed a video from my Facebook because I thought there were those that would intentionally misinterpret my words. In this video I referred to treason, and the fact that the penalty for treason was death. My intent was to show that our founders took treason very seriously. Our elected officials have taken an oath to defend the constitution. Dereliction of that oath is an equally serious matter. I was certainly not threatening anyone..."
"Let me make it clear and unequivocal: I was not talking about hurting legislators, or anyone else. I am an advocate of peaceful non-cooperation. When I speak of 'stepping it up a notch' mean within the boundaries of 'peaceful non-cooperation.' Instead of just a foot in the door. perhaps we need 'sit ins' chanting 'hell no we won't go.'"
Watkins also compared Open Carry Tarrant County activists to Ghandi, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, none of whom marched with guns.
Last night, Watkins posted on Facebook, "I can't sleep. ..... I'm plotting...."
"This is an exact example of how unhinged and how disconnected from reality these folks are and these types of threats should be taken very seriously," Texas State Rep. Nevarez told the Houston Chronicle. "I think I would be number one on that list. Do I get a trial before I'm condemned to death?"
Nevarez, who was previously harassed by members of Open Carry Tarrant County, says he gets death threats and must travel with security guards.