POSTED: Monday, February 24, 2014 - 6:22pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 1:54pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — Many times during a week, I am reminded how proud I am to be a Texan.
This past week, I was proud again when the state told the NFL to stow it.
Just incase you have not been paying attention, the NFL seems to be getting on board with every social issue there is.
The latest is if you have a CHL you cannot bring a firearm to an NFL stadium.
And the craziest is, if you are a police officer off duty, you cannot bring your firearm into the stadium.
Now this is about the dumbest idea I have ever heard.
If you know anything about peace officers in the state of Texas, you know they are always on duty and are charged with carrying a gun.
That means if you are a Tyler Police Officer and you decided to go to a 7-11 one night at midnight for a snack and you see a robbery taking place, you have to take action.
Again, you are always on duty.
Well, the NFL says no.
The Blaze reports Texas state law states that so long as an off-duty law enforcement officer checks in at specific gates and lets stadium employees know where they'll be sitting, they will be allowed to carry a firearm, according to a Dallas TV station.
This flies in the face of an NFL memo that declares that off-duty officers who, "attempt to bring firearms into an NFL facility will be denied entry."
Dallas Police say, "our officers are 24/7, on or off duty, and if they run into a critical incident, they are required to take action," he said.
"Our officers will be allowed to carry their weapon into AT&T Stadium and other football stadiums in the State of Texas due to Texas law."
The reasoning behind the NFL's firearm policy in the first place?
The NFL believes its stadiums already provide adequate security and, therefore, those armed, off-duty police officers are unnecessary.
Yeah, like a no-gun school zone?
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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