Establishment Gun Lobby Provides Cover for Spineless House Speaker
Put a fork in Texas’s Constitutional Carry bill, HB 357.
On April 5, 2019 State Representative Jonathan Stickland cancelled his request for a committee hearing on his Constitutional Carry bill.
Stickland’s withdrawal of Constitutional Carry came after a Fake News outrage swept the state during the past week.
An otherwise peaceful block walking campaign conducted by Texas Gun Rights activist Chris McNutt recently drew the ire of House Speaker Dennis Bonnen.
BLP reported how McNutt peacefully left flyers in the districts of House lieutenants like Four Price and Dustin Burrows, and even in Bonnen’s district.
However, this was too much for the gatekeeping House Speaker who went as far as to say that McNutt’s peaceful actions were a demonstration of “insanity” and accused him of being an “overzealous advocate for criminals to get a gun.”
Even establishment gun lobbies like the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA), a state affiliate of the NRA, provided cover for Bonnen in an email condemning McNutt’s actions and dismissing Texas Gun Rights as a “fringe gun group”.
In a podcast hosted by Derek Wills of Lone Star Gun Rights, National Association for Gun Rights (the parent organization of Texas Gun Rights) Political Director Chris Stone defended McNutt’s actions and set the record straight.
Stone asserted that “advocating for Constitutional Carry is not a fringe issue. It is the number #1 gun rights issue in every state legislature across the country.”
One of the silver linings of this encounter was Bonnen’s anti-gun Freudian slip.
In a Facebook post, Bonnen revealed his opposition to Constitutional Carry saying that Texas Gun Rights activists “want anyone – including criminals – to be able to carry a gun without a license and proper safety training.” This runs counter to the Constitutional Carry legislation in question, which only applies to individuals who are able to legally own a firearm.
I want to thank the Texas State Rifle Association – the state’s premier organization fighting for Second Amendment…
Bonnen’s talking point, which could pass up as language employed by anti-gun organizations such as Moms Demand Action, did not faze the TSRA in the slightest. They have still stood by the establishment House Speaker.
As BLP covered before, no-compromise gun rights activists in the Lone Star State fear that the political class in Austin is playing a dangerous game by not passing Constitutional Carry.
The more Texas kicks the can down the road, the more it leaves itself susceptible to anti-gun onslaughts. 2018 already saw Florida, a traditionally pro-gun state, fall to gun control pressure.
Will Texas be next?
The future remains unclear.
However, NAGR’s Chris Stone promised that the gun rights organization plans on “doubling down” the pressure on Texas politicians who refuse to follow through with one of the main planks of the Texas Republican Party platform—passing Constitutional Carry.
Regardless of what happens in the 2019 legislative session, the 2020 primary season is bound to be heated now that establishment Republicans in Texas have shown their true colors.
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President Trump: Best Pro-Life President Ever?
Karen Cross, the Political Director for National Right to Life, praised President Donald Trump for his pro-life efforts during his administration.
At Life News, she wrote “President Donald J. Trump and his Administration have established more pro-life policies than any other president in history.
The National Right to Life Committee endorsed president Trump’s re-election bid on July 4, 2019.
That day, Carol Tobias, the president of National Right to Life, said:
“As our nation celebrates Independence Day, we are proud to endorse the only presidential candidate who stands for the unalienable right to life. From his first day in office, President Trump and his Administration have been dedicated to advancing policies that protect the fundamental right to life for the unborn, the elderly, and the medically dependent and disabled.”
One of the Trump administration’s first actions as president was to restore the Mexico City Policy, which bars tax funds from going to organizations that carry out abortions or lobby to bring pro-abortion laws to host countries. Trump followed up by expanding this policy to keep $9 billion in foreign aid from being used to bankroll the global abortion industry.
The Trump Administration also slashed funding to the United Nations Population Fund due to that agency’s involvement with China’s forced abortion program.
President Trump originally pledged “to veto any legislation that weakens current pro-life federal policies and laws, or that encourages the destruction of innocent human life at any state.”
According to Cross, President Trump vowed to sign the following pro-life legislative items:
- The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act;
- The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act; and
- The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.
The National Right to Life Political Director emphasized the importance of the 2020 elections. She stated that this election “will determine who appoints justices to the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal judges to lower courts.”
Having Republican control of the Senate will allow Trump to continue to nominate conservative judges.
So far, Trump has nominated 192 federal judges, which include U.S. Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, who were ultimately confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Having Nancy Pelosi out of the picture as House Speaker will allow for pro-life legislation to actually move out of the House.
All in all, pro-lifers’ best bet for any type of policy change will be for Republicans to gain control of all three branches of government.
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