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Gun Confiscation Dies in the Texas House

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Despite fears of a backdoor gun confiscation bill being snuck in at the last minute, Texas gun confiscation bill HB 545 is officially dead.

Lone Star Gun Rights reports that “HB 545 has been defeated.”

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Bill sponsor Poncho Nevarez “postponed the bill until 2021 which means the bill is dead.”

Groups like Lone Star Gun Rights and Texas Gun Rights sounded the alarms on this bill in the past few weeks.

In a national email addressed to members, National Association for Gun Rights President Dudley Brown claimed that HB 545 could haved stripped “Texans of their right to bear arms without proper due process all under the guise of “mental health.”

The NAGR president also stated that HB 545 was “even more extensive than Obama’s veteran gun ban meaning veterans in Texas will get the brunt of the ill effects of this bill, and rumors even suggest that HB 545 could be amended with dangerous “Red Flag” gun confiscation language.”

Chris McNutt, the Executive Director of Texas Gun Rights, declared that “Like “Red Flag” gun confiscation orders, HB 545 already infringes upon law-abiding Texans of their right to bear arms without a crime even being committed.”

The bill quickly passed the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and was supposed to be voted on by the full Texas House of Representatives on May 9.

However, grassroots gun rights activists applied enough pressure to stop this bill in its tracks.

McNutt shared his thoughts with BLP:

Speaker Bonnen allowed gun control to come to the house floor for a vote while Constitutional Carry languished in committee. But thanks to the quick action and phone calls of our members, we forced Poncho Nevarez to withdraw his bill from consideration by the Texas House, thus killing his own bill.

Had it passed, HB 545 would have hurt gun rights in Texas considerably, which is constitutionally protected both at the state and federal level.

With the the 2019 legislative session quickly coming to a close, Texas is likely safe from gun control until the 2021 legislative session.

 

 

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Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting

They say they’re not changing their name.

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The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.

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But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.

Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.

The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.

The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.

It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.

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