AUSTIN, TEXAS — On Tue., April 2, lawmakers considered a bill to specifically protect the Alamo memorial monument (“Cenotaph”), but now will debate protecting “all” Texas historical monuments with blanket, one-sized-fits-all legislation, according to reports.
House Bill 583 authored by Texas State Representative James White, and its sister bill, Senate Bill 1663 by Senator Brandon Creighton, have been scheduled for committee hearings this week.
SB1663 is scheduled for its own, separate hearing in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Economic Development on Thurs., April 11, at 9am.
The proposed legislation will attempt to extend blanket protection for historical monuments and markers throughout Texas and subject attempts to remove them the ballot box test.
For any who like the Alamo, but are not hot on the Civil War — it’s possible the legislation under discussion today may not be as motivating as the Cenotaph bill debated last week and reporterted on by Big League Politics.
One section of White’s “monuments” bill even gives George P. Bush the power to tear down the Cenotaph — just like he’s doing now — as long as he says it’s for “improvements,”
(c) A monument or memorial may be removed, relocated, or altered in a manner otherwise provided by this code as necessary to accommodate construction, repair, or improvements to the monument or memorial or to the surrounding [ state] property on which the monument or memorial is located and as authorized by the Texas Historical Commission.
Despite the different wording and broader construction of the bills, some groups hold that passage is “critical” to the protection and preservation of Texas culture.
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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