Carrying rifles in a parade is a long standing tradition for many parades across the country. This is no different in Belton, Texas where the town has been having it’s annual independence day parade for 163 years.
Color Guards and revolutionary war re-enactors have marched in the parade as a symbol of what it took for our nation to be free.
This year’s theme in the parade will be “Symbols of Freedom” and when the organization “Open Carry Texas” found out they decided it would be a perfect opportunity to march with their rifles in the parade. After all, the gun in our nation’s history is a great symbol of freedom.
The chamber of commerce was all for the idea and they were ready to let the group go ahead and carry their rifles in the parade, but their insurance carrier would not allow it. In fact, firearms that were carried in the parade for years and years will not be allowed in the parade, at least not if the parade wants to keep its insurance. The insurance carrier cited safety regulations and coverage for accidental injuries due to the firearms.
We have not yet found out who the insurance carrier is, but we assume many gun owners will be wanting to know who they are.
It looks like, for now, there will be no firearms in this parade that celebrates the “Symbols of Freedom” even though without the gun there would be no land of the free and home of the brave.
The reporter in the video above makes the common mistake of calling them “assault rifles” but these are not used for assault and the are semi-automatic rifles. It seems like every reporter makes this same mistake, but I have to point it out every time because it’s simply not true and it caters to the argument of gun control enthusiasts, which really hate our site by the way.
According to KWTX,
“We would have not received any coverage for firearm related accidents when we talked to our insurance carrier,” Belton Chamber of Commerce President Stephanie O’Banion said.
“There’s a list of safety regulations that have developed over the years to insure we are executing a very safe event for the community.”
All Color Guard soldiers and American Civil War re-enactors who have toted rifles in the parade for years won’t be allowed to anymore.
The chamber says they and ‘Open Carry Texas’ will be allowed to march in the parade but unarmed.