Despite all the chatter about Texas becoming a swing state in 2020, Texas conservatives could breathe a sigh of relief once votes were cast in the Lone Star State. President Donald Trump won the state by a comfortable 6 margin, Republicans defended this Senate seat, Democrats could not make any gains in Congress, and the Texas State House stayed red.
Many groups such as Gun Owners of America were elated by this news. Rachel Malone, the Texas Director for Gun Owners of America, and Felisha Bull, the Texas Deputy Director for Gun Owners of America, sent out an email to GOA subscribers titled “Keeping Texas, Texas.”
In the email, they declared that in “In the race between Bloomberg and Texas, Bloomberg lost.” The pro-Second Amendment operatives were referring to billionaire oligarch Michael Bloomberg’s financial contributions to flip the state to Democrats during the 2020 election cycle.
One of GOA’s champions, Texas congressman Chip Roy, won his race by a 52 percent to 45 percent margin. This was one race Democrats were salivating over as a potential seat to flip. This turned out to not be the case.
The GOA leaders emphasized their strong position in the Texas House, which many “experts” predicted would flip:
For months, we’ve heard pollsters and pundits tell us that gun-grabbing challengers were going to take over the Texas House. Gun control organizations fought hard to oust our Gun Owner’s Choice candidates. But, although votes are still being tallied, current numbers show that not one of our GOA-endorsed State Representative incumbents lost a seat.
The no compromise gun lobby listed of some of their endorsed candidates who came out victorious on election night:
- HD 2 Bryan Slaton
- HD 5 Cole Hefner
- HD 6 Matt Schaefer
- HD 15 Steve Toth
- HD 23 Mayes Middleton
- HD 26 Jacey Jetton
- HD 59 Shelby Slawson
- HD 73 Kyle Biedermann
- HD 92 Jeff Cason
- HD 93 Matt Krause
- HD 94 Tony Tinderholt
- HD 106 Jared Patterson
- HD 128 Briscoe Cain
- HD 130 Tom Oliverson
- HD 132 Mike Schofield
- HD 138 Lacey Hull
- CD 1 Louie Gohmert
- CD 3 Van Taylor
- CD 13 Ronny Jackson
- CD 14 Randy Weber
- CD 21 Chip Roy
- CD 24 Beth Van Duyne
- CD 27 Michael Cloud
- 431st District Court Judge Jim Johnson
Due to the election of a number of first time candidates who received GOA endorsements, the Texas House will have new advocates for improving Texas gun laws and promoting grassroots agenda items such as Constitutional Carry and ending gun-free zones.
The Texas legislature is set to start its session on January 12, 2021.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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