AUSTIN (KXAN) — A heated exchange inside a legislator’s office this week at the Texas State Capitol is garnering a lot of attention, and bringing more safety measures to the statehouse.
“You’re a tyrant to the constitution…You won’t be here very long bro…We the people are going to take Texas back,” protesters told South Texas Democrat Poncho Nevarez.
The exchange helped prompt lawmakers to make it easier to install panic buttons inside their Capitol offices.
“It’s somewhat unnerving, but fortunately we were able to deal with it and everything worked out all right,” said Nevarez, a state representative from Eagle Pass.
He said the visitors who poured into his office Tuesday were “rude and disrespectful.”
“I bet I own more guns than all those people who came in the office put together,” Nevarez added. “I mean, I have a lot of weapons. I have a shooting range on my place. So I don’t think they really did their homework with the person they came to accuse of not being a Second Amendment supporter.”
Kory Watkins, the man behind the camera, told KXAN by phone that he wouldn’t support an open carry law that requires a permit.
“If you support the Second Amendment, you support the bill we provided him. He admitted he didn’t support it and he wasn’t going to support it. He admitted he was a tyrant to the constitution.”
Watkins says the constitution is clear and you don’t have to ask permission or pay a tax to have a gun.
“I would say if you are advocating for anything, I don’t care if it’s for the last piece of pizza at dinner, there’s a way to do it,” the lawmaker added. “Anybody that wants to advance any cause, they have to be conscious of the civility of the debate.”
But Watkins says he’s happy about the meeting, and all the attention it’s getting.
“I think it’s awesome. People are loving it; talking about it,” he said. “I’ve had so many messages on Facebook thanking me for standing up and actually doing something. It’s good to know that people understand our liberty and freedom is dying.”