DENTON(CBSDFW.COM) – “Come and take it.”READ MORE: Small Business Saturday Offers North Texans Another Day Of Deals And Steals
It’s an attitude firmly rooted in Texas history. It’s also how some people feel about Sunday’s attempted terror attack in Garland, but not everyone agrees, saying there’s a line between touting Texas pride and taunting.
Not long after two men opened fire at the Mohammad Art Exhibit and were killed by an outgunned Garland police officer, folks on social media started showing their pride, but some say the conversation quickly turned to taunting.
Retired FBI special agent, Gil Torrez is urging caution, saying 9-11 should have taught Americans we are not untouchable.
“If you want to poke the bear, you’d better be quick on your feet,” says Torrez. “Just because we’re across the ocean doesn’t mean that someone who gets offended by what we do, won’t reach out and hurt us.”READ MORE: Pavelski Reaches 400 Career Goals As Stars Beat Avalanche 3-1
“Yes, we have a few ‘ya whos’ who say ‘bring it on,'” says Tom Mannewitz, founder of the Target Master indoor shooting range. “No realistic person ever wants to get into a fight.”
Mannewitz says he fought for the state’s concealed carry law. In spite of the public perception of “gun-totin”” Texans, he says 20 years later, just 3% of the state’s population is licensed to carry a handgun.
“So much of the world thinks that we all ride horses, we all have an oil well, and we all carry a gun,” says Mannewitz. “I can make one of three.”
Mannewitz is always armed and says he takes that responsibility seriously.
“No one should ever want to be in a position where they might have to hurt somebody… You bring it to me.. I will defend myself, but I’m certainly not going to go looking for it,” says Mannewitz.MORE NEWS: TCU Falls 48-14 To Iowa State
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