The recent trial resulting in a mistrial of Army Master Sergeant CJ Grisham has created a stir in many Texans and Americans connected to the gun rights movement, particularly those advocates of open carry or constitutional carry. The leadership and outspokenness of MSG Grisham has led to a growing open-carry movement in Central Texas, but a love for guns is just a piece of the puzzle on what motivates those young and old alike to involve themselves in this one man’s court case.
Mr. Grisham may have been arrested while openly carrying an AR-15 rifle, it was the reason he was confronted by police that day. The firearm was also the basis of the charges against him at one point. But in the end, Mr. Grisham was only charged with interfering with the duties of a peace officer, hardly an offense to rally behind for the gun movement. You see, the one thing connecting all those following Grisham’s case closely and rallying in support behind him and his organization Open Carry Texas is not just a love of guns, it is a drive and a love of Liberty and Justice.
“With liberty and justice for all.”
Many of us recited those words everyday as children but didn’t learn what they meant until we were much older. CJ Grisham, given the vehicle of his unlawful arrest, has been leading a group of Texans in discovering the truth of those words as they follow him on his journey through the courts.