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Insult to Injury: Constitutional Carry Killed Again in Texas

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Flashback: Ann Coulter Warns Steve Bannon about Donald Trump’s Hires During 2016

Coulter tells it like it is.

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Earlier this week, former White House adviser Steve Bannon reached out to President Donald Trump, in an apparent move to reconcile with the president. Bannon was one of the more renowned advisors in the Trump administration who received a lot of attention for his unconventional views. The former White House adviser is likely looking for Trump to pardon him for several federal criminal charges that he is currently facing.

Bannon was one of the strongest contrarian voices on the right who questioned traditional conservative dogma on free trade and immigration. His rise to prominence represented a raw, populist anger that was building within the Republican Party base. Bannon ended up leaving the Trump administration after the infamous Charlottesville rally. This left a massive void for populist voices within the Trump brain trust, which was never adequately filled with populist figures.

Most of the strong populist voices during the Trump era came from the outside. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has been one of the leading figures trying to steer populist discourse in America.Although a harsh critic, Coulter did her best to hold President Trump accountable and watch his every move, especially personnel decisions that did not align with his America first vision. To the average pro-Trump individual, Coulter’s criticism may come off as abrasive, but it was and still is  necessary to have a viable nationalist movement.

As a reminder to her followers about how she knew that there were subversive elements in the Trump administration who wanted to gut the president’s America First agenda and pursue more traditional Republican policies, she tweeted about email correspondence she had with Bannon dating back to December 2, 2016. In light of the rapprochement between Bannon and Trump, Coulter called attention to how she warned the former White House adviser about some of the latter’s questionable staffing decisions during the early stages of his presidency.

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Coulter tweeted, “No, actually, I knew Trump was betraying us pretty early on – and that it would cost him re-election. My December 2, 2016 email to Steve Bannon:”

In an email sent on December 2, 2016 with a subject line titled “ghost of christmas future”, Coulter warned then-White House adviser Bannon about some of Trump’s hiring decisions.

She first noted that “the fact that Trump is even CONSIDERING rep. Mccaul (rubio in the house) for homeland — and is NOT considering kobach— tells me we’re not getting any major deportations, no removal of refugees, no e-verify, no end to end anchor babies… and trump will be dead.

also, “mad dog” isn’t going to build a wall.”

She was referring to Texas Congressman Michael McCaul, a known mass migration booster and a potential nominee for the head of the Department of Homeland Security. United States Marine Corps General James Matthis would be Trump’s first Secretary of Defense, who ended up turning out to be a Deep State hack. On the other hand, Kris Kobach is a nationally recognized immigration hawk, who gained fame for implementing some of the stiffest voter ID standards in the nation during his time as Secretary of State.

The Trump administration was successful in implementing several administrative changes that limited immigration and also did not get involved in any nation-building engagements like previous administrations.

Nevertheless, Coulter’s incisive suggestions still have use for future Republican administrations. The new GOP should follow Coulter’s pro-migration restriction suggestions if it wants to not only remain politically relevant, but also protect the integrity of America’s political system.

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