Former State House Representative Matt Rinaldi has strong words for Texas leaders in the U.S. Senate and the Texas GOP.
Rinaldi made a name for himself during his time in office (2014-2018) as one of the most conservative legislators in the Texas State legislature. He was one of the most pro-gun elected officials in the Lone Star State and frequently teamed up with outgoing State Representative Jonathan Stickland to sponsor Constitutional Carry.
Unlike most Republicans in the nation, Rinaldi stood strongly behind his pro-gun principles after the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings.
BLP reached out to him to get his thoughts on his fellow Republicans who are considering red flag laws as a means to curb future mass shootings.
Rinaldi stated that “I’m dismayed at Republicans who are talking about implementing red flag laws.”
He emphasized that these laws “Remove a constitutional right without due process” and can be abused by political opportunists on the Left. The former state representative astutely observed how people on Facebook can already “Report you for an idea that you don’t like” and how this could apply to red flag laws. Rinaldi described these laws as a “New way to target conservatives.”
Additionally, Rinaldi believes that these kinds of laws can put police in danger and can lead to lethal encounters such as the one in Maryland last year.
On the topic of federal gun control, Rinaldi wants Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn to stand up for gun owners and resist any temptation to pass gun control. He stated, “I think that Ted Cruz and John Cornyn should take a stand against it [red flag legislation] at the federal level.”
Unlike other GOP officials, Rinaldi believes that the Texas GOP should be the party that “champions gun rights” because of its constitutionality and “how increased gun rights results in increased public safety.”
He notes how gun homicides have gone down substantially since the 1990s, a period which saw the relaxation of concealed carry laws and increased gun ownership across the nation.
Although he’s out of office, Rinaldi remains a strong voice for conservative values in the North Dallas area.
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Tim Tebow Finds a Higher Calling in Pro-Life Causes Rather than Sports Trophies
NRL News Today reported on Kansans for Life annual Valentine’s Day banquet held earlier this month.
Nearly 1,200 people were in attendance at this event.
The theme of this event was LIV-ing in victory, which referred to Super Bowl LIV.
Lamar Hunt, Jr., one of the owners of the Super Bowl Champs, the Kansas City Chiefs, was the Master of Ceremonies for the event. In his opening remarks, he said:
I do not think it is a cliché to say we are in a life and death battle for the truth and authentic dignity of the human person. We need your full attention. You need to drop what you’re doing and join us, and this can be in so many ways: prayer, assistance to those in need, emails, phone calls, in-person meetings. Get educated about what we’re fighting about here. Really listen in and tune in.
Then Hunt said, “Please do something about it. Pray. Take action. If you don’t know what to do, ask somebody. Place this as a major priority in your life.”
Hunt concluded by saying that he often heard the phrase “Live in victory” from another resident at the retirement home where he visits his mother.
The main highlight of that evening was the keynote speech by Tim Tebow, former quarterback for the Denver Broncos.
“It is such an honor to be here,” Tebow said as he thanked the other speakers coming before him for their work to protect the unborn.
Tebow praised Hunt for “having courage in the face of a lot of other people who don’t have it and for your willingness to be up here and support this organization.”
“It really does mean a lot more than winning the Super Bowl,” Tebow remarked. He continued, “One day, when you look back and people are talking about you and they say Oh my gosh what are you going to be known for? Are you going to say Super Bowl, or we saved a lot of babies?”
Tebow asserted that Kansans for Life is not a philanthropy.
It’s a rescue mission. You know why we call it a rescue mission? Because when we say that, it puts a timeline on it.
When’s the last time you heard a rescue mission taking place in a month or a few years. No, a rescue mission means now. It gives you a sense of urgency. It says we have to go not because it’s our time, but because it’s their time. … I have to live a sense of urgency because while I might have time, they don’t.
Later, Tebow turned toward Hunt and Chiefs punter, Dustin Colquitt, who was also attending the event, he told them it was “awesome they won the Super Bowl.”
“It’s amazing. What an accomplishment! But you know the best part of that accomplishment is that it gets you an even bigger platform.” That platform, Tebow declared, can be used to support the pro-life movement.
“You see, my mom 32 years ago had doctors tell her she needed to abort me because if she didn’t, it was going to cost her life. And they didn’t even believe that I was a baby. They thought I was a tumor,” Tebow said.
Tebow jokingly recounted that as the baby of a family of 5 siblings, he was called “Timmy the tumor” by his siblings.
On a more serious note, Tebow said, “to make a long story short, when I was born, they found out the placenta wasn’t actually attached. So, the doctor looked at my mom after 37 years of being a doctor and said, ‘This is the biggest miracle I’ve ever seen because I’m not sure how he’s alive.’ … I’m so grateful that my mom trusted God with my life and her life.”
In 1986, Tebow’s father, Robert, begged the Lord to give him one more child. His father said, “I prayed for a preacher and got a quarterback.”
Tebow finished the event by stating that, “What you’re doing here matters. You’re fighting for life. You’re fighting for people that can’t fight for themselves. And my question to you is: Are you willing to stand up in the face of persecution, in the face of adversity, in the face of criticism, when other people are going to say it’s not worth it, when other people won’t stand beside you? Maybe not everybody is going to be with you. Will you stand up for what’s right?”
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