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Texas Speaker Bonnen Set to Kill Statue Protection Bill after Killing Constitutional Carry

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With 10 days left to spare, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen has killed very moderate “monument protection” legislation, forbidding the popular measure from even being debated, and this comes after the Joe Straus-protege’ also killed constitutional carry, sources close to leadership report.

In doing this, the Texas House abandoned conventional transparency standards which make individual lawmakers more accountable to their constituents. For example, the minutes showing how individual members voted on the monuments’ legislation still are not available to the public.

When the Texas Committee on Calendars voted to kill SB 1663, substituted in the House for HB 583, the individual votes were not published, concealing Republican betrayals of their constituents — and such dishonest procedural “delays” are common practice when a speaker rams through his personal agenda in conflict with the majority of the electorate.

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Consider the below screenshot of the State of Texas’ official bill registry, which shows that actions on HB 583 have not been updated since May 6, 2019, even though bill was killed early this morning:

And see the following “bill stages” snapshot:

The use of this practice is a clear attempt to protect the careers of the representatives responsible for killing good bills. These leadership appointees, in return, dutifully salute the personal political worldview of their “boss” (HINT: not the voter), Speaker Dennis Bonnen.

As we speak, the minutes remain unpublished.

The bill in question protected much more than subjectively “constroversial” Civil War memorials, and specifically, protected the universally-loved Alamo Cenotaph memorial from destruction, i.e. “relocation,” by political neophyte George P. Bush. We reported extensively on Bush’s ethical and legal abuse of power this morning on BLP’s home page.  We’ve also regularly reported on Bush’s baldfaced attempt to tear down the vaunted 60-foot, 80-year-old Alamo Cenotaph (“empty tomb.”)

This is similar in form to the speaker killing constitutional carry legislation vis-a-vis the Second Amendment, putting Texas behind almost every other state in its protection of US Constitution’s right to “keep and bear arms,” which “shall not be infringed.” Bonnen infringed.

Although it passed a Senate committee, passed on the floor of the Senate, and passed out of the House tourism committee, the Calendars Committee decided it shouldn’t even be given a chance on the floor (since it would easily win passage.) By the way, it’s the second time the Calendars Committee killed HB 583.

Calendars Committee Vice Chairman Joe Moody, (D-El Pason) in an interview with the Dallas Morning News, defended the committee’s actions by exclaiming:

I don’t think it represented the best of what Texas has to offer. It has no place on the House floor.

Other major influencers, like Daniel Miller of the Texas Nationalist Movement, do not agree:

The Alamo Cenotaph, statues to Sam Houston, schools named after Travis, Bowie, Crockett, Lamar and even Thomas Jefferson are now in greater danger than before.

We have to fight them every single step of the way. (Emphasis Added)

Whatever your views on the issue, please contact the Texas Legislature’s main switchboard, and ask for Speaker Dennis Bonnen’s direct office line: 

Home office: (979) 848-1770.

Austin office: (512) 463-0564.

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Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation

Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”

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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.

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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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