“In terms of gun freedom, you can pack in Texas without a permit. This is the land of no sudden moves. Maybe this contributes to the general vibe of politeness. And you do not see hordes of criminals rushing into stores to loot. But in California, a guy who commanded over 1000 troops with real assault rifles on the streets of Southern California – while carrying his own – still has to ask permission from some bureaucrat to do it legally. And you do see hordes of criminals rushing into stores to loot. Hopefully, the Supreme Court will soon sort this anti-gun tyranny nonsense out. In the meantime, the winner is clear.”
Leaving California for Texas is such a conformist thing to do these days, but I did for a short vacation to America. In Houston, I went into an H.E.B. and was talking about California to someone who was giving away free samples of beef – having conversations with random people is a huge difference from LA – and I had to reassure the guy I was going home. He seemed relieved. I’ve been coming to Texas intermittently for about 30 years, and it’s never seemed more crowded. The place is packed – the roads, the stores, the airport. Back home in LA, it’s empty and depressing as the pols elected by the brigades of frigid Santa Monica wine moms who seem to run everything panic ever-harder over a disease that appears to be less virulent than the regular flu.
Here in Texas, people are happy, chipper, and armed.
Let’s explore the migration from the Golden State to the Lone Star State by comparing and contrasting Texas vs. California.