In a Facebook post on April 25, 2019, Texas Gun Rights announced the launch of a massive canvassing effort in the district of House Speaker Dennis Bonnen.
This assertion, however, was debunked after video cam footage of McNutt’s peaceful interaction with Texas Department of Public Safety officers went public.
This series of events prompted the Texas Grassroots Gun Rights Coalition to demand an apology from Bonnen for his behavior.
However, Texas gun owners aren’t just waiting idly for Bonnen to respond.
TXGR already dialing up the pressure on Bonnen with their latest canvassing effort.
The TXGR announcement on Facebook stated the following:
TXGR is calling on law-abiding, pro-gun Texans to peacefully pass out flyers in Speaker Bonnen’s district, requesting his constituents respectfully contact him — their elected official — and urge him to advance Constitutional Carry, House Bill 357!
On the landing page for this campaign, specific instructions are given for gun rights activists:
All you have to do is place these flyers at the doors. No door-knocking and no talking to people. If you happen to get greeted at a door, be sure to remain polite and do not engage in time-wasting debate. Simply explain what the flyer is if asked, and feel free to read the flyer to the constituent, and be on your way.
TXGR stressed that this campaign should be done during daylight hours and also recommended that activists wear professional attire while canvassing.
The pro-gun organization specifically advised activists to “avoid approaching the homes of any elected officials”, especially the home of Dennis Bonnen.
Although Constitutional Carry has been withdrawn for now, gun rights activists in Texas aren’t giving up.
With the 2019 session of the Texas Legislature coming to an end on May 27, 2019, the clock is ticking for Second Amendment advocates in the Lone Star state.
However, it’s clear that they won’t go down without a fight.
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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