On April 17, 2019, the hopes of making Texas the next Constitutional Carry state were dashed again.
BLP reported how Constitutional Carry was dead last week after House Speaker Dennis Bonnen killed the pro-gun legislation in response to an alleged threat from a political activist.
However, BLP proved this to be demonstrably false, as Chris McNutt, the activist in question, peacefully block-walked multiple districts and never even dropped by Bonnen’s house.
In a final attempt to make Texas the 17th Constitutional Carry state, State Representative Jonathan Stickland tried to tack on a Constitutional Carry amendment to HB 1177. Under HB 1177, a person would be able to carry a handgun without a license in an area with a disaster declaration.
Stickland’s move was a last-ditch effort to get a vote on Constitutional Carry. When a point of order was raised on this amendment, Bonnen rejected the amendment, declaring that it was “not germane”. Pro-gun organization Lone Start Gun rights declared that “Bonnen had the chance to do the right thing, and failed again.” According to some report, Bonnen’s move to kill Constitutional Carry in this instance was similar to the way he killed it in 2015, where he also ruled that an amendment was “not germane”.
When asked about this situation, Texas Gun Rights Executive Director Chris McNutt told BLP that “Texas House leadership continues spitting in the face of pro-gun Texans” by not passing Constitutional Carry.
Since the surprising performance of Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke in 2018, Texas Republicans in the state legislature have been shaken up a bit.
Instead of trying to pass policies that would be popular among their constituents like Constitutional Carry, they have become more moderate in their actions.
In fact, the Texas political class is now possibly considering a tax hike of all things.
In previous interviews, Lone Star Gun Rights activists have said that Republicans in Austin can’t continue to be complacent and ignore the demands of the Texas Republican Party platform, which calls for Constitutional Carry.
Since 2018, gun control has had a new life across the nation with states like Florida and a formerly pro-gun state like Vermont falling to anti-gun pressure.
Could the same scenario happen in Texas?
It seems unlikely in the short term. but time will only tell.
One thing is certain, 2019 has been a disappointing year for gun rights activists in Texas.
Hispanic UFC Fighter Jorge Masvidal to Join Donald Trump Jr. in “Fighters Against Socialism” Bus Tour
UFC Welterweight fighter Jorge Masvidal announced on September 29, 2020 that he would be joining Donald Trump Jr. for a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” that will take place in Florida on October 3.
ESPN MMA journalist Ariel Helwani provided more details on this development:
“Jorge Masvidal will join Donald Trump Jr. on a day long “Fighters Against Socialism” bus tour across Florida this Saturday. They will hold 3 rallies in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Their final rally will be at the American Top Team gym where they expect numerous fighters to join.”
Jorge Masvidal will join Donald Trump Jr. on a day long "Fighters Against Socialism" bus tour across Florida this Saturday. They will hold 3 rallies in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Their final rally will be at the American Top Team gym where they expect numerous fighters to join.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 29, 2020
The fighter himself commented on this news, declaring “The anti communism bus tour will be arriving at a city near you #supernecessary.”
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) September 29, 2020
Unlike other sports leagues, the UFC has uniquely positioned itself by not adopting the woke antics of leagues such as the NFL and NBA.
Masvidal is a veteran of MMA promotions such as Strikeforce, Bellator, and the UFC. He is currently fighting under the UFC banner and holds a record of 35-14. According to MMA website Sherdog, he is currently ranked in 4th place . Similarly, he is ranked in 4th place according to the UFC’s rankings.
The Welterweight fighter currently owns the record for the fastest knockout in UFC history, after he knocked out Ben Askren with a flying knee five seconds into the first round. Additionally, Masvidal won the “BMF” championship against Nate Diaz in 2019 after he battered Diaz and forced a technical knockout via doctor stoppage.
Masvidal fought current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman on less than a week’s notice for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 251, after he replaced the original challenger Gilbert Burns, who tested positive for the Wuhan virus. Before the fight took place, Masvidal signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC. Masvidal ended up losing the fight via unanimous decision.
Nevertheless, the card reportedly netted 1.3 million pay-per-view buys in America.
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