Constitutional Carry appears to be dead in Texas, and now the free speech of a gun rights organization hangs in the balance.
On March 27, Texas state troopers were sent to Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen’s home in Lake Jackson, Texas in light of concerns that a gun rights activist was heading there to canvass and inform voters of Bonnen’s questionable leadership.
The activist in question is Chris McNutt, the Executive Director of Texas Gun Rights.
McNutt had already canvassed the districts of State Representatives Four Price and Dustin Burrows, two of Bonnen’s chief lieutenants in the State House.
After a successful canvassing effort and social media campaign targeting these districts, Bonnen felt the heat and decided to send DPS to intimidate the gun rights activist when he dropped by his district.
According to a recent report from Texas Gun Rights, rumors around the Texas State Capitol are suggesting that Bonnen is considering an investigation of the pro-gun group.
Should Bonnen go through with this investigation, Texas Gun Right’s free speech rights could be potentially at risk.
Derek Wills, the Senior Editor of Lone Star Gun Rights, saw this incident as a revelation of Bonnen’s pro-establishment tendencies.
The gun rights activist said, “Bonnen has finally admitted publicly that he believes Constitutional Carry is a bad policy. We have applied pressure to get him to prioritize HB357, and he is using the act of placing flyers on people’s doors as an excuse to kill it.”
Wills then added:
He knows we will hold him responsible, so in an act of desperation, he is using grassroots advocates as a scapegoat. Unfortunately for him, all this does is expose his corruption and prove he intended on killing it from day one.
A few days after this incident with DPS took place, Chris McNutt broke the silence on the Texas Gun Rights Facebook page in a video.
McNutt denounced Bonnen’s tactics saying “Instead of taking accountability for his own actions. for blocking Constitutional Carry, he [Bonnen] would rather find a scapegoat to avoid the heat of his own pro-gun constituents.”
Texas’s Constitutional Carry bill, HB 357, has been a rallying point for pro-gun activists during the 2019 legislative session.
However, it has encountered numerous roadblocks thanks to the leadership of establishment Republicans like Speaker Dennis Bonnen.
BLP reported how Bonnen appointed anti-gun Democrat Poncho Nevarez to the Homeland Security Committee, where all gun rights legislation is usually heard.
With these facts considered, Constitutional Carry appears to be on its last legs during the 2019 session.
The “Beto” mania of 2018 saw a troubling set of trends that flipped urban centers throughout the state blue.
In fact, gun rights activists lost a major champion in former State Representative Matt Rinaldi during this election cycle.
As migration trends start to change the demographics of Texas, the politics will likely follow suit.
Soon scenarios like the one that occurred in Florida in 2018, where then Republican Governor Rick Scott signed gun control into law, could potentially become a reality in Texas.
In sum, gun rights activists will have their hands full in the 2020 election cycle.
U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel
Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”
U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.
Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.
According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.
The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.
In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.
This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,
That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.
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