Armed Citizen Project Targets Jackson Lee
A Houston group fighting for your Second Amendment rights took to the streets against a local lawmaker one day after that lawmaker targeted them in a separate rally.
Kyle Coplen's Armed Citizens Group held their protest in front of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee's office. Coplen told KTRH the turnout, was pretty good.
“We had more than a hundred people some in and out throughout the day,” Coplen said. We had a lot of folks drive buy, honk and bring us fried chicken to keep us well fed.”
So was there any response from the Congresswoman?
“No response. I did go into the office to talk to one of her staffers and try to set up a meeting with her at some point. I don’t know if that meeting will ever come,” Coplen stated.
Police were called to the rally to keep an eye on things. The protest came a day after Jackson Lee targeted Coplen's group in a protest for tougher gun laws. So why does Coplen think she is targeting his group, which arms private citizens in at risk neighborhoods.
“I think it’s because we’re starting to get a lot of attention. It was a chance for her to put her face in front of a camera. The most dangerous place in the world to be is between Sheila Jackson Lee and a camera,” Coplen explained.
Coplen thinks Jackson Lee has actually helped his cause by speaking out against his group.
“I’m glad she’s being open and honest. I’m grateful she’s admitting that she doesn’t believe in private gun ownership at all,” Coplen said.
Jackson Lee did not return a call from KTRH but did release a statement.
“As the Congresswoman who represents the 18th Congressional District I am pleased to have four satellite offices which allow the people to petition their government. Today persons appeared at my Heights office to protest and I respect those citizens’ rights to protest their government. If that protest is to talk about opposing sensible gun legislation then I will respectfully disagree with their position. Since Sandy Hook where 20 innocent children and 6 innocent adults were massacred in a school that was meant for learning; and more than 5000 people have died due to reckless gun violence speaks volumes for why we need sensible gun violence prevention legislation.
“There is nothing wrong with having universal background checks, closing the gun show loop hole, legislation mandating that adults properly store their guns away so children will not have access to them, a reasonable ban on assault weapons and enhanced treatment and resources for the mentally ill. Having those mechanisms in place will reduce the gun violence we see here in America. Certainly a dialogue is warranted on the 2nd Amendment but to do nothing on having better safer gun laws is not an option. I look forward to working with all of those who care about this issue in order for us to come up with some form of sensible gun law legislation.
“One thing should be clear, we should not fear each other’s position and I will not fear doing the right thing which is passing sensible gun laws that will not hinder the Constitutional Rights of the American people and my constituents.”
Coplen is hoping to meet with Jackson Lee when she returns to Houston in July.