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Pro-Second Amendment Organization Releases Attack Ad Against Anti-Gun Sheriff

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On May 11, 2020, the National Association for Gun Rights launched a new TV ad exposing Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls for his anti-Second Amendment rhetoric.

The TV ad can be viewed here.

In the ad, Nehls is seen criticizing the lawful carry of firearms inside of a church.

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He told audience members at a Chamber of Commerce meeting the following:

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I don’t know if any of you have a hogleg [gun] strapped to your side, but you’re in a church and you should know better.

Nehls’ made these comments in 2016, before Jack Wilson heroically shot and killed an armed assailant in the West Freeway Church of Christ in December 2019.

“Mr. Wilson’s fast thinking and accurate response stopped a would-be mass shooting and saved the lives of innocent worshippers. So why on earth does Nehls want to leave you defenseless as you worship God with your friends and family?” stated NAGR President Dudley Brown.

During his anti-gun tirade, Nehls also attacked Texas’ open carry law and threatened to use his power as Sheriff to maintain ‘gun-free’ zones aka criminal safe spaces. NAGR asserts that this position is “more like that of Beto O’Rourke than a Texas Republican.” In the ad, an image of Sheriff Nehls transforms into O’Rourke, who made waves for saying “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15!”

“We hope Sheriff Nehls will take this as a wakeup call and publicly apologize for his anti-gun rant,” stated Brown. “We hope he’ll reverse course because the last thing Congress needs now is another gun control apologist with an R next to his name.”

Troy Nehls is facing off against candidate Kathaleen Wall in the July 14th GOP runoff election. Wall returned the NAGR candidate survey 100% pro-gun and received an endorsement from NAGR copy.

The TV ads started to be aired on May 11th in Houston TV markets on the Fox News Channel.

The TV ad can also be viewed on NAGR’s YouTube page.

NAGR has positioned itself as a no compromise gun lobby which is willing to take establishment Republican to task during election and legislative seasons.

Its attack on Nehls is very much in line with its no compromise ethos.

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Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?

America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad

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Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.

Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards  questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy. 

In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”

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Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.

That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.

Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:

Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”

Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans. 

After looking at the list of people who have been tapped to join the Biden administration, Hawley tweeted, “What a group of corporatists and war enthusiasts – and #BigTech sellouts.”

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”

The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change. 

Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.

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