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Gun Confiscation is Coming to a Vote in Texas

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Is gun control coming to Texas?

Despite grassroots efforts to pass Constitutional Carry, the Texas political establishment killed the legislation after waging a controversial smear campaign against a gun rights activist.

Now, the establishment politicians want to take it a step further by passing a backdoor gun confiscation bill.

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According to gun rights activists, HB 545 is a due process killer.

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Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights, declared in an email that “HB 545 could strip Texans of their right to bear arms without proper due process all under the guise of “mental health.”

Brown added that HB 545 “is 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.”

HB 545 was authored by Democrat Poncho Nevarez, who was responsible for killing Constitutional Carry in the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.

The bill quickly went through the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and is expected to be voted on by the full Texas House of Representatives on May 9.

Chris McNutt, the Executive Director of Texas Gun Rights, argues 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.”

If passed, HB 545 would deal a major blow to gun rights in Texas, which are protected by both the Texas and U.S. Constitutions.

Texas is currently ranked as the 9th best state for gun owners according to Guns & Ammo magazine.

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Did Bernie Sanders Just Endorse a Neocon Regime Change Foreign Policy?

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Is Bernie Sanders the anti-war candidate that many non-interventionists are making him out to be?

Journalists Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey presented some interesting observations about Sanders’ foreign policy views.

Sanders criticized the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani in January and also stressed his opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

During the Iowa presidential debate, Sanders loudly boasted, “I not only voted against that war, I helped lead the effort against that war.”

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However, Sanders changed his tune when chatting with the New York Times.

The answers the Sanders campaign gave the Times showed its flexibility when it comes to foreign policy.

In other words, the Sanders campaign signaled to the military and intelligence apparatus that Sanders won’t present a threat to their interests and may actually carry out their interventionist agenda.

One question in the survey that the Times sent the Sanders campaign stuck out above the rest.

The third survey question asked, “Would you consider military force to pre-empt an Iranian or North Korean nuclear or missile test?”

The Sanders campaign responded, “Yes.”

Based on this response, Sanders’ is signaling that he’s willing to continue Bush-era policies of “preemptive war.”

Like Obama, Sanders’ opposition to the Iraq War was a matter of politics rather than a principled opposition to regime change wars.

His campaign was also asked, “Would you consider military force for a humanitarian intervention?”

Sanders responded, “Yes.”

Some of the wars that the U.S. carried out in the name of “human rights” have been the Bosnian war and the bombing of Serbia in the 1990s along with the aerial campaign against Libya in 2011 and the Civil War launched in Syria.

All in all, Sanders’ pro-peace/non-interventionist image is at best window dressing.

Under a Sanders presidency, the interventionist status quo will likely stay in place.

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