Texas Pastor walks around town with his AR-15 Bushmaster rifle slung over his shoulder because guns

San Jacinto County, Texas Pastor Terry Holcomb Sr. is walking around with his rifle slung across his back, because Jesus carried a Glock or something.

Open carry is allowed in Texas if the weapon is a rifle, with limitations, and the Pastor hopes to change that. Perhaps he should pray for divine intervention because working in his profession to help the poor would be crazy.

Holcomb is seen in various videos he uploaded onto YouTube, walking into Double Dave’s Pizza, Starbucks, Jack in the Box and Walmart carrying his AR-15 Bushmaster .223 slung over his shoulder, behind his back with the barrel pointed down. He said the magazine was loaded, the chamber was empty and the safety was on. Amen.

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But when Holcomb got to Walmart, within minutes a manager asked him to leave. Later when he visited Starbucks, a concerned customer phoned the police, according to KHOU

Pastor guy with a gun said, “Well, the Walmart in Huntsville definitely doesn’t honor 2nd Amendment rights,” he said in the video as he strolled into the store parking lot.

And now we know.

I, for one, have been sitting on the edge of my seat wondering if Walmart would allow me to go all Military Woman on their asses, strolling up and down the aisles, armed to the teeth.

Watch courtesy of KHOU:

One Starbucks customer who did not wish to be identified told KHOU, “Kind of scary honestly. It’s a massive gun.”

  • Loretta Viner

    Anyone that walks around in civil society with a weapon like that is obviously unstable and should not be permitted to have weapons. Additionally, as a minister, I find his behavior offensive.

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    Nothing conveys the peaceful teachings of Jesus like a loaded assault rife.
    Amen!

    • trk387

      I was going to say something to your effect but since you said it first, I will simply agree. EXCELLENT comment. trk387

  • Paul Macy

    Anyone who struts around with an assault weapon is just looking for a reason to kill someone. This guy is not only mentally unstable but I am sure he is an embarrassment to his church.

    • BanditBasheert

      He’s from Texas – they outcrazy the rest of the crazies on a daily basis.

  • Legolas2112

    Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

    I guess he’s not inheriting much…lol…

    • tiredoftea

      Perhaps he inherited the rifle?

    • pszymeczek

      When the meek finally inherit the earth, it will be in such a condition that it will be of no use to them.

  • XLancer

    Anything I could post about this pastor’s mental capacity will be covered herein by others, so I’ll address a different topic, to wit:

    “One Starbucks customer told KHOU, ‘Kind of scary honestly. It’s a massive gun,’ who did not want to give her name.”

    Who edited this story? Weasels?

    • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

      Better?

      Love,

      A Weasel, apparently.

      • XLancer

        Much.

        If you’re hiring copy editors, I’m available and cheap.

        (Please understand — I don’t do this to be a pedantic ass, though I’m sure it comes across that way. I do it because the higher the quality of writing, the higher the perception of credibility.)

        • BanditBasheert

          and you’re available and cheap?

        • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

          No we’re not hiring but thank you. We have an Editor-in-Chief (who is a dog, but still we have one).

          Everyone here at this site contributes voluntarily. We have a minimum of ads up to help pay the costs.

  • jokr8790

    “You better love the ‘god’ I believe in or I’ll send you to meet him right now!”

    • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

      Exactly!
      And we can trace that ridiculous paranoid superstitious mindset back to the 11th century crusades.

      • David_LloydJones

        “We wouldna needed to go to the trouble of having all those Crusades if only the guvvermint had put up a big fence with razer wire on top to keep those filthy Samaritans out…”

        -dlj.

  • lobo214

    because that’s what Jesus would do???

  • juicyfruityyy

    Want to discuss gun laws in, Texas. He can start by having community meetings. But seems like he has had too much sun. It’s affecting his brain.

    • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

      What a novel idea, that makes perfect sense. I guess that sounded too tough.

  • RoninNY

    I think I’ll start going without pants to the store, Starbucks, etc, to ‘raise awareness’ of my right to sexual freedom. See how tolerant people are then!
    Where does he hang his gun when he’s on a public toilet? Does he need to take it to Walmart to shoot down high prices? Or is he afraid a crazy Muslim extremist might be hiding in the linen department?

  • Bandwidth Bandito

    And the CONTEXT will set you free as much as the truth will. There is no extended discussion with the man about why he is doing this. Specifically is he doing it to demonstrate that he believes he should be able to carry a rifle; or to demonstrate how ridiculous it is that this is allowed by law in the first place? That is the issue IMHO, game on.

  • RoninNY

    Pastor of the Gundamentalist Church, with an emphasis on mental.

  • cmartin002

    I like the part where the loaded AR15 is removed from the v. V. Responsible preacherman’s person, and is leaned precariously against the outdoor garbage bin a foot away. Because in Tx, no good guy gun that falls ever goes bang. Because of the law of good guy gravity- where a string of butterflies and angels intervene to bring your carelessly perched gun to a slow-motion soft repose on a bed of marshmallows.

  • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

    I would like to make a tolerant, thoughtful statement. But find I can’t – just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Although Holcomb’s behaviour is more polite than others we’ve seen make this statement it’s still ridiculous and ill-conceived. We’ve had this debate here many, many times.

    First, who elected this guy to teach everyone about carrying their guns in public. There is a huge gun debate going on in this country, it’s all over the TV, radio and Internet. People discuss this work, church and bars – it’s not it’s an important subject that’s being over-looked by the public at large

    The places he’s visiting to “make his point” are highly populated with families including small children. Certainly areas this populated will include at least a few of our servicemen and women that could be suffering from PTSD, and there ‘s always the possibility a poorly trained guard, policemen or CCW holder who may mistake Holcomb for one of the NRA’s “bad guys”.

    When I run up to Walmart, stopping to pick my Venti Mocha at Starbucks, I make sure I have my driver’s license, money and grocery list – these three items have served my well when running my Saturday errands for more than 50 years now.

    • BanditBasheert

      I suspect he wants to scare kids and women. He seems like one of those oafish gun nut big mouths who is all about threatening and being a blowhard. You’re right – he does it because he can – and it makes him look like a big brave man (to HIM only). We all know he is more dangerous than a person without a gun is. And he proves it every day.
      He that lives by the sword …..

      • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

        As an atheist I have no expectation from clergy but I’ve known many in my life, and even the bad ones would not give this a pass. A man of god, walks with god – he doesn’t need to display firepower, from what I remember from all those years in the church, it’s exactly the opposite.

        You’re absolutely right, this is all about HIM.He’s putting out a (false) perception of how he wants people to see him. And losing. I understand the urge, I was young once, I wore short skirts and skimpy little tops, and I knew what I was doing – it was for effect. I was successful (usually) in my endeavours, I don’t think he’s pulling his off.

        • http://lawyersforwarriors.blogspot.com/ rewinn

          Who is his God?
          Look at the holy symbol he carries – not the cross but an AK.

          • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

            Good point, if I recall that referred to as a false idol.

          • David_LloydJones

            Winn,

            Sorry, small quibble. This clown doesn’t have the brains to know that an AK is a better weapon than a Bushmaster nine times out of nine.

            Remember, a Bushmaster *pretends* to be an M-16 for all those chickenhawk phoneysoldiers out there, but it isn’t. It’s an Armalite 15 that hasn’t been updated to get around the ball powder problem.

            -dlj.

          • http://lawyersforwarriors.blogspot.com/ rewinn

            Sir, I bow to your superior knowledge!

            (So he’s not only worshipping a false god … he’s worshipping an INFERIOR false god LOL)

        • David_LloydJones

          Carla,

          Luvya, kid! Wish I’d been there for those endeavours!

          :-)

          -dlj.

      • cvryder2000

        Maxi gun, mini dick. End of story.

        • pszymeczek

          Mr. Inadequate and the Phallic Substitute.

    • mmaynard119

      If in peril Carla, you can always buy your own at Walmart. Turn right at the aisle where the diapers and baby food are located.

      • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

        I know me, and I know I would be a disaster with a gun. However,I was once a fair softball player. I would never hesitate to sneak up on a bad guy and take his head off with a bat – something I’m familiar with and comfortable handling.

        • jerseydave

          The tough part is when you can’t really sneak up on them like that with a bat at close range.

          Of course carrying a rifle like this guy is dumb because any armed crook will instantly see the person is armed. Not to mention people (including other armed storekeepers and other civilians) or cops that may think you are a criminal, and pull their own weapons.

          For home defense I can see a long gun (A shotgun is better than any rifle for that purpose) but for home and personal carry defense pistols are usually the choice.

          Carla, I would highly recommend you take a pistol course, you may surprise yourself. :)

  • heychief

    Killing in the name of “The Lord”

    • BanditBasheert

      Is that like Mittens Lying for the Lord?

    • jerseydave

      …except he didn’t kill anyone. (He might get himself in a bad spot though, as Crysta said above.)

  • karlleuba

    Now there’s a fella who should not be allowed to own an arsenal.
    As a responsible gun owner, I object to Reverend Holcomb putting my Second Amendment rights at risk by acting like a Jackass.

    • Rand0m411

      The whole point is, exercising your rights and not committing a crime should never put your second amendments rights at risk. Think about that. Your reaction to someone not doing anything obeying the law is a little over the top.

  • Charlie Patin

    I live just north of Huntsville. I own guns. This is insane. This “Pastor” needs to stick to preaching myths.

    • David_LloydJones

      Charlie,

      I have every DCRA (Dominion of Canada Rifle Association) award there is that you can wear. We eat venison a couple of times a year, thanks to my mother’s boy-friend.

      I wish you guys (actually two of my daughters are American, so us guys) would get those damn militias under some form of regulation. Well!

      Cheers,

      -dlj.

  • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

    love it, also stealing it :-)

    • David_LloydJones

      Carla,

      Right on: The secret behind every class act: steal good material — and never forget the people you stole it from. (“…on the way up, ’cause you may meet ‘em again on the way down”? Not.)

      Hey can anybody tell I’m spending Sunday afternoon listening to Duke Ellington?

      -dlj.

      • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

        and good taste!

        • David_LloydJones

          Thanks.

          The CD I’ve got is the 1969 White House Tribute to Duke Ellington — one more reminder that LBJ, when he wasn’t trying to dig his way through JFK’s little macho war, was an awfully decent guy.

          Small boast: my middle daughter, Rebecca, is named after LBJ’s mother, Rebekkah, one of America’s secret Greats.

          -dlj.

          • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/akinsc Carla Akins

            How nice for her, I love names with a story and a history.

            I love music but possess no musical abilities, however I have a fabulous boss that happens to be a musician, and we share a love of almost all musical genres. We went through an Ellington phase about a year ago. Luckily he has an extensive music collection and happy to share. We drive our co-workers (mostly 20-somethings) crazy!

          • David_LloydJones

            Carla,

            And hey, I just realised that Duke Elllington was in the White House in 1969: that was Nixon, not LBJ.

            So I still love LBJ — and I wish for the olde days when Republicans made a bunch of decent moves every now and then as well.

            Cheers,

            -dlj.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1325910902 Steven Rudin

    If someone comes into a store with a gun and it’s not law enforcement, I’ll run like hell. There are too many lunatics in our society. Right near here someone robbed a pharmacy, and in the mayhem one retired law enforcement officer who tried to help was shot by another law enforcement officer. What about the right to “live liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?” I know, I know, that is only in the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.

    • Crysta

      Kinda makes me wish some law abiding LAW ENFORCEMENT would happen upon this loser, and “mistake” him for a CRIMINAL!

      Its happened before, even without the gun!

      • jerseydave

        Yes. Plenty of kids with water pistols have been shot by police because they were falsely ID’d as armed crooks, or someone getting a cell phone out at a traffic stop. Or someone just in a general area. Wouldn’t wish it on anyone though.

    • jerseydave

      +1 – You are exactly right.

      The reason concealed carry is allowed is basically as a compromise between right to carry arms for defense and that very issue. Walking down a street with a long gun when you aren’t on a property of your own in a rural area or out hunting can flip people out for obvious reasons. This isn’t exactly a good way to draw attention. A bumper sticker maybe or writing a letter to a Congressman or Newspaper, yeah. This? Eh…

  • TEDjosa

    M-16S ARE A POS IN COMBAT WONDER IF RAMBUTT WAS EVER IN THE MILITARY EVEN WEARING A SCARF ON HIS HEAD THINKS HE,S CHARLIE SHEEN IN PLATOON

    • BanditBasheert

      All caps is considered screaming….

      Be nice, he’s a pastor trying to minister to his flock – he just wants to show everyone how small his penis is in relation to his big gun. When ya got nothing’ – ya got nothin’.

    • Paul Macy

      Guys like him have usually never served in the military. To them carrying a weapon is a big game,they think it makes them seem tough even though they are too cowardly to actually put their ass in danger by joining the military. I’d tell this douche that if he really wants to be tough then get his pansy little ass down to the recruiter and join up. That way he will be able to fulfill his gun fantasies while giving something back to his country.

      • David_LloydJones

        One thing fer shure: when the North Koreans land, this guy will be out in a hunting blind someplace with a bottle of corn likker. Be too shtunk to do any huntin’.

        In places where the “North Koreans” win, his type are the first to discover that Pol Pot is just Jesus the Messiah in different words.

        -dlj.

  • David Alsberge

    Just another murderous Christian who clearly has never read the 2nd Amendment. If he’s not part of a ‘well-regulated militia’, then it doesn’t apply to him.

    • pszymeczek

      And the Militia Act of 1903 superseded the Militia Acts of 1792, and designated the National Guard as THE “Well-regulated” Militia.

      • David Alsberge

        Exactly why NO private citizen is no longer afforded the alleged ‘Right’ to be armed. Someone’s claim to a ‘Right’ to be armed is superseded by my Real Right to be safe from armed people.

    • jerseydave

      Well regulated = Well trained as upheld by many Court decisions, most recently the Heller decision.

      Also, he didn’t “Murder” anybody. Go over the top a bit? Yeah, but keep the arguments within logic here.

      • David Alsberge

        It’s quite logical to point out that the 2nd Amendment doesn’t apply to him. And he pretty much identified himself as just another murderous Christian by his own actions. Over the top? I think NOT!

  • BanditBasheert

    He probably hangs it on the purse holder in the stall with the door!

  • BanditBasheert

    Did anyone notice what “church” he is affiliated with?

  • LiberalConservationist

    He is just another stupid Texas shit kicker. Hopefully he will shoot himself before he accidentally shoots someone else. “Preacher” is just a code word for tax-dodger… worthless bum!

    • o0Nighthawk0o

      More from the ‘tolerant’ left? Wishing harm or death on another human being?

      • LiberalConservationist

        Yep, You can get yourself some too! I’m sure the “Preacher” will help you out.
        I am tolerating your existence, at least for now… STFU Teabagger!!!

        • jerseydave

          And if you did not tolerate their existence, hm. Hence a reason someone might wish to be armed. You might want to consider your position and what you want to achieve. Threats aren’t usually a good way to make someone not wish to be armed.

          Of course internet flames and real life are two different worlds anyway.

          • LiberalConservationist

            You’re right Dave, I was just making a point. I’m not the one walking into public places with an antipersonnel weapon, claiming to be guided by mythology… The “preacher” best hope he doesn’t run into a non-believer with their own gun, ready to enforce Texas’ “Stand your Ground” law, as for the Nighthawk, he is just a troll, “F” him!

        • o0Nighthawk0o

          Thanks for proving my point.

      • David_LloydJones

        …and night hawks, we all know, are sweet and warm and cuddly, never, uh, sharp-visioned killers…

        -dlj.

  • Noah Sufferinsuccotash Webster

    Private businesses do not have to and are not in a position to ‘honor constitutional rights’. Constitutional rights are designed to express the relationship between citizens and government, not citizens and private commerce.

  • Bradley Forward

    What next? Shooting into the air and ullulating at the top of their lungs?

    Meet the republican taliban.
    Coming to a city near you.

  • mmaynard119

    Also known as the Church of the Happiness is a Warm Gun.

    Bang, Bang, Shoot, Shoot.

  • David_LloydJones

    ” “Well, the Walmart in Huntsville definitely doesn’t honor 2nd Amendment rights,” he said in the video …”

    The guy hasn’t noticed that the Second Amendment says nothing about Walmart — but what’s even stranger is he thinks the rest of us are so stupid that we haven’t noticed, somehow, that the Second Amendment has nothing to do with Walmart.

    I think there’s one thing we can be pretty sure about. I think the Founding Fathers knew what a “well regulated militia” would look like, and it would probably have had among its regulations a procedure for examining this guy’s head, banning him from membership, keeping him away from the armoury where The People’s arms were kept, and putting him on the town’s Make Sure They Take Their Medication list.

    -dlj.

    • jerseydave

      This is a big reason for _concealed carry._ It is to keep people from freaking out. The reason it is generally limited to pistols in urban and suburban areas is, well, this. Also concealed carry makes a potential lawbreaker unsure who might or might not have a gun, lowering crime without weapons being displayed all over, so it works for everyone.

      • David_LloydJones

        Gee, Dave, what a great idea!

        With tens of millions of people carrying guns around, I guess there’s no crime in the United States any more, right?

        -dlj.

        • jerseydave

          Well yes, criminals who don’t care about laws often carry weapons. The thing is, where other people can carry arms legally there tends to be a reduction of crime, because criminals are deterred by this. In the real world it does work. Disarming the good encourages the evil.

          • David_LloydJones

            Jersey Dave,

            I know we’re both aiming at the same thing, a peaceful and decent society, so I’m not going to get into a long argument with you here.

            Please note, however, that the main proponent of the “where other people can carry arms legally there tends to be a reduction of crime” argument — I forget his name, but he’s some very sleazy social scientist who posts under the false name “Mary Rosh” with big long gushy letters saying how wonderful he is — has been dismantled by the excellent conservative writer Clayton Cramer. His numbers are just fraudulent, over and over, and reworked over.

            There will always be some outrages like that Nazi nutso in Norway (where I am mortified for the excellent Chief of Police, a professional acquaintance of mine), but net net there are fewer crimes where there are fewer guns.

            Best,

            -dlj.

          • Rand0m411

            “I’m not going to get into a long argument with you here.

            Please note, however,”

            Classic.

          • David_LloydJones

            Rand,

            You’re half right — and I laughed at this myself, uh, after I’d deleted a couple of paragraphs of argument.

            In my defence, though, my point is that there’s nothing to argue about once we actualy get the facts straight. This is not long. It’s short. :-)

            -dlj.

    • Michael D

      Hey hey, sometimes a well regulated militia needs to stop for some discount shopping, just as the Founding Fathers intended.

  • http://lawyersforwarriors.blogspot.com/ rewinn

    He’s not a Pastor of a church of Jesus, but of a Death Cult.
    He carried not a cross but a machine of death.

    • Rand0m411

      “He carried not a cross but a machine of death.”

      Yeah, because no one has killed anyone with a cross before…

  • jerseydave

    Ding.

  • jerseydave

    No way, if they were the Taliban liberals would advocate surrendering to them.

    • David_LloydJones

      Dave,

      You mean the way that fairy Obama keeps surrendering to them — by air mail?

      -dlj.

      • RoninNY

        OH look, the nutjobs are multiplying…Jersey, you have another brain dead friend in Dave.

    • RoninNY

      Jersey, you spent some time replying elsewhere, trying to set yourself up as a reasonable person, then you kill it with a brain fart like this.

  • Roxie Deaton

    I would think a loving god would be powerful enough to protect this pastor from whatever / whomever the pastor fears. If god calls the pastor home, it’s all part of the plan.

  • http://lawyersforwarriors.blogspot.com/ rewinn

    @RoninNY — maximum LOL!

    I just added “Gundamentalism” to the Urban dictionary – it may take a couple of days to appear. Well done sir or madam!

    Gundamentalism (n): The worship of guns; a modern religion based on buying, owning, carrying and shooting large numbers of firearms in situations where they are not really necessary.
    Gundamentalism promises to free you from the meaninglessness of everyday life by letting you stroke long hard objects and make loud noises while fantasizing about killing your enemies. See: NRA, wargasm.

    • RoninNY

      It is also the unwavering belief in myths surrounding those weapons, fairy tales, parables and prayers such as ‘guns don’t kill people, people kill people’ and ‘the more guns people have, the less crime’…’guns are what keeps America from becoming a fascist state’.
      Also entails a willingness to make offers to invisible masters (gun manufacturers), usually of money to gain a feeling of power beyond mere mortals, and a willingness to repeat the chants and admonitions of the high priests (such as the NRA) to create a shield of justification to kill or be killed in service to those myths.

    • RoninNY

      And it’s Sir. Ron in NY

  • Rand0m411

    Oh no, someone not breaking a law!? Quick hurry lets make a big deal about it!

  • kbbarton

    Obviously, the writer flunked English 101. He writes like a child. Is this your criteria for publication? I have a five-year old whose finger paintiing are clearer and more interesting.

    • Michael D

      *painting.

      I mean, Jesus, of all posts to be sloppy.

  • LadyAvon

    I absolutely agree… letting him… or any private citizen… walk around anywhere they like with a loaded assault rifle is insane!
    THAT is the point that matters!
    It should NOT be legal.

    But… as long as it is legal… more power to him! And anyone else who feels like doing it!
    If that is the law that people want to support… I say… take it to the limit and show them what it means in reality not just on paper.

  • Cathy Henderson-Richardson

    The manager of the Starbuck’s informed him of Starbuck’s policy of no recording without express consent of EVERYONE involved.

    What would have happened if someone had been injured during his little charade?

  • notayot

    I guess he didn’t think God protecting him was enough? Kill in Jesus’ name? I thought a man of God fears no evil.