New Mexico sheriffs are standing up to the latest gun grabs being proposed in the New Mexico Legislature.
29 out of 33 sheriffs in New Mexico have voiced their opposition to gun control laws which include red flag gun confiscation orders, universal background checks, and mandatory storage laws.
Lea County Sheriff Corey Helton expressed his disapproval with the proposed bills:
“You’re just taking guns out of law-abiding citizen’s hands.”
Like a seasoned advocate of gun rights, Sheriff Helton understands that criminals couldn’t care less about what gun control laws are on the books:
“This is not going to affect the criminals out there. They’re going to be able to get guns and they do not follow the law.”
State Rep. Joy Garrat (D) introduced HB 83, New Mexico’s red flag gun confiscation bill. She asserts that a red flag gun confiscation order would have prevented the Parkland shooter, Nikolas Cruz, from committing the Parkland massacre:
“Had this bill been there they would have been able to remove his weapons temporarily while he got the mental health and law enforcement investigation that should have been done.”
One thing gun control proponents like Joy Garrat conveniently ignore is that red flag gun laws are not a novel ideal, nor are they a magical solution to reducing gun violence.
In 1999, Connecticut got the ball rolling when lawmakers passed the nation’s first red flag law in the wake of a shooting at a State Lottery headquarters. Even with a red flag law on the books, Adam Lanza killed his mother at home and then killed 20 children and six staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2002.
Even in the present, Garratt ignores recent shootings in states like Florida which have red flag laws.
Following the Parkland shooting Florida enacted a red flag law that could not prevent the Jacksonville Landing shooting, where three people were killed, and the SunTrust Bank shooting in Sebring, where five people were slain.
The other bills proposed in this gun control package include, House Bill 130, which mandates “safe storage” of firearms, and Senate Bill 8, which imposes background checks on all private firearms sales.
Since the Parkland shooting, gun control is in vogue in blue states across the nation. You can safely count New Mexico as the next state that’s falling for the anti-gun hysteria.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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