Many gathered at City Hall Saturday to protest their right to bear arms, and defend the second amendment. This comes on the heels of Governor Greg Abbott's roundtable discussion about safety in schools, which wrapped up last week.
Many people who demonstrated, say the second amendment plays a major role in these discussions about mass shootings. “We think it's really important now, there's a huge discussion for gun control and for undermining our liberties and we figured now is probably the right time. Shootings have been heightened lately."
CJ Grisham founded Open Carry Texas five years ago. He’s also the president of the organization. “I want our kids to be safe. I want the same things as those who are with I want our kids to be safe. But obviously they're not safe using gun control. A law isn't going to protect themselves. Right now,” Grisham says.
A big talking point for many, was the Santa Fe High school shooting that killed 10 people last month.
Last week, Govenor Greg Abbott says discussions were happening, "to make sure we will not lose any more students in our schools because of gun fire."
Recently, Governor Greg Abbott joined state and local leaders to unveil his school and firearm safety action plan. The governor's plan contains 40 recommendations and includes proposals that call for increasing law enforcement presence at schools, strengthening existing campus security programs, and enhancing firearm safety.
“I don't understand how someone can look at Santa Fe and think we need more gun control when in that situation it was a gun-free zone and we look at the irony."
Organizers of Saturday’s Second Amendment Rally tell me they wish they would have also been included in the three day roundtable discussion last week with Governor Abbott.
“When you're talking about gun control you have to have a grassroots involvement. We have been pushing for this issue for the last 5 years in Texas and we weren't invited. What I haven't seen in this dialogue is the ability to be able and talk to each other and not at each other."
They would like to see more law-abiding citizens take action into their own hands - by training and arming themselves in self-defense. There weren't any counter-protestors at the rally on Saturday, it ended peacefully.
Open Carry Texas is hosting another event on June 23rd in Santa Fe, called “Carry For Our Kids”.