It has consumed much of the media for much of the week; a fuss which started right in this studio. The soundbite heard 'round the world.
Lubbock County Judge Tom Head has gone national, portrayed by much of the mainstream media as a paranoid, yet there is a middle ground that seems to be emerging here in Lubbock.
Lots of people said though Judge Head used words they wouldn't have, he did express their feelings.
"I have seen people say, 'I don't agree with the way Judge Head said what he said, but I agree with the sentiments,'" Lubbock Republican Party Chair Carl Tepper said.
From one political blog, one person wrote, "Other states take heed and listen to Texas! Wow, someone with backbone and patriotism."
Another from our Facebook page said, "He should have been more careful with his words. Yes, he is probably a little off, but not completely."
Judge Head issued this statement late this afternoon, saying, "I have been faithful to my solemn vow to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, regardless of who is in the White House. Even though I am an elected official, I am not an eloquent speaker and regret any negative publicity for our community and the Commissioner's Court; however, the 1st Amendment allows even judges to speak freely about our rights under 2nd Amendment. I believe the media and the voting public support this right. I will continue to faithfully serve Lubbock County and pray for our country and its leaders."
"I don't agree with what Judge Head says, but again, I agree with his ability to express his opinions, and I am surprised that the rest of the United States doesn't see it that way," Tepper said. "And by the way, a lot of people do see it that way and are defending him and his ability to say what he said."
Regardless of which side you are on, there is one tenet that everyone here agrees they are willing to fight for... The right to speak your peace.