Waco Shootout Kills 9, TX GOP Prepares 'Gun Rights' Law

Nine Die In Waco Shootout As Texas GOP Prepares New ‘Gun Rights’ Bill (VIDEO)

“It is one of the most violent scenes I’ve seen in my 34 years as a police officer in Waco,” Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton told KWTX Channel 10 on Sunday. That’s saying a lot when you’re from Waco Texas, site of the 1993 Branch Davidians siege and more shootings — both accidental and otherwise — than you can shake a stick at.

The Waco shootout started around lunch time when three notorious biker gangs converged on the Twin Peaks restaurant. A fist fight began in the men’s room, spread out to the parking lot, and escalated from there. As staff and customers cowered in the freezer, a gun fight broke out that killed nine and left 17 more injured. Luckily, nobody who wasn’t in one of the gangs got killed or hurt.

Swanton told CNN police were able to contain the fracas quickly because they had expected trouble.

“There were at least three rival gang groups here this morning for whatever reason. As they were here, we had officers on scene. We expected issues.”

The Waco police spokesman declined to name the gangs, but partially blamed the restaurant’s management because they had “not been helpful” with their gang fighting efforts in the past.

“Are we frustrated? Sure. Because we feel like there may have been more that could have been done by a business to prevent this.”

The New York Post identifies the three gangs as the Bandidos, the Cossacks, and the Scimitars. Complex magazine counts the Bandidos as among the 10 most dangerous biker gangs in the U.S. while the Cossacks have a reputation as white supremacists.

Over 100 weapons were confiscated by police at the scene. Heavy adds that Twin Peaks has long had a bad rep as a biker hangout, and that two more gangs may have been involved in the Waco shootout (also referred to as the #TwinPeaksShooting). Some of the bikers claim their groups are “clubs” not “gangs,” but Swanton’s having none of that.

“They are a biker gang. We know exactly who they are. A bunch of criminal element biker members that came to Waco and tried to instill violence into our community and unfortunately did just that. This is not a bunch of doctors and dentists and lawyers riding Harleys. These are criminals on Harley-Davidsons.”

As Waco recovers, GOP lawmakers prepare their latest “gun rights” bill.

So, as Waco police and others clean up the mess, what are GOP lawmakers in Texas doing to protect their citizens from similar random shootings? Fox News reports they’re preparing a law that will expand “gun rights” in Texas. That’s right. Despite Texas’ reputation as a pro-gun state, they currently only allow open carry for long guns but not for pistols. All that’s about to change. Soon gun rights groups will bring out the champagne as Texas allows people to openly carry their handguns as well as their AR 15s.

The state Senate passed a similar bill in April, so all Texas Republicans need to do is pull the whole package together and tie it up with a neat little bow.

The Texas House of Representatives on Friday voted 96-35 to allow residents with concealed-handgun licenses to openly carry their guns in public in holsters. A similar open-carry measure passed the Texas Senate last month; the two open-carry bills must be squared before being sent to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who has indicated support for the idea.

We wonder how many “good guys with guns” we would have needed to prevent this latest example of horrific gun violence in America.

Here’s the video with CNN’s report on the shootout in Waco, Texas:

And here’s the raw footage from the crime scene at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco from KWTX Channel 10.

Featured image: Video screen grab/KWTX Channel 10 report on the Waco, Texas shootout (blood spatters added)

Elisabeth Parker is a writer, web designer, mom, political junkie, and dilettante.

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