Some Houston lawyers think they should be carrying guns
As the investigation continues into the murders in Kaufman County, some Houston lawyers think prosecutors should be proactive in protecting themselves.
Tom Nixon is a former Houston Police officer turned lawyer and tells KTRH he thinks prosecutors should be carrying weapons.
“I’ve always been curious why prosecutors don’t carry weapons. They’re constantly being threatened, but this is the first time that there’s been organized efforts to kill them,” Nixon said.
Nixon says prosecutors should take threats against their lives seriously.
“We don’t live in a fairy tale world. They deal with criminals. It defies logic that they don’t carry weapons,” Nixon explained.
Former Harris County Assistant District Attorney Clay Rawlings says the murders in Kaufman County bring him back to a bad time in his life.
“I had two viable death threats when I was in the DA’s office back in the 1980’s, and the result was that I have carried a gun ever since,” Rawlings told KTRH.
Rawlings said he went as far as to have guns in the house to protect his family. However he’s not sure every prosecutor should be carrying a gun.
“Not unless there is a specific, credible threat. And those are very rare, because they are counterproductive,” Rawlings said.
The state of Texas does encourage prosecutors to carry guns, even offering reduced rates on CHL's. The state also lets prosecutors carry a gun in the same places that police officers can, such as movie theatres and county courthouses.