Thanks for posting. I'm trying to figure out ways to advocate open carry in Texas. In my opinion, right now, right after our open carry bill has died, is the time to be advocating it the loudest, non-stop, for the next year+ until we can introduce another bill. It's one thing to tell someone, out of the blue, hey, there is an open carry bill that needs our support right now or it will die, and then them have to make a decision on the fly what to do, if anything at all. It's another thing to discuss the issue with them over the course of over a year, and then say, "here's what we've been working for, let's do it," when they've already decided their stance and made a commitment to support.
Other than talk about it, I'm not sure what else is the best form of advocacy. Maybe organize some empty holster protests?
Maybe it needs to go further than simple advocacy, though. Perhaps we need to be checking who all of our representatives are, and map out who the problematic members are, and advocate for their replacement in the legislature. It's my understanding that the open carry bill that was introduced was largely shut down by a single individual.
Here's a wiki on the confrontation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Gonzales