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Will Texas Fall for Gun Control?

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One state representative in Texas is not buying into the gun control hysteria.

State Representative Matt Schaefer scoffed at calls to implement “so-called gun-control solutions” after last weekend’s mass shooting in Midland, declaring that he wouldn’t allow the “evil acts”  of a few to infringe on Texans’ “God-given rights.”

“Do something!’ is the statement we keep hearing. As an elected official with a vote in Austin, let me tell you what I am NOT going to do,” Schaefer said in a tweetstorm following the shooting.

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Schaefer even pushed back against calls for implementing measures such as universal background checks and “red-flag” laws, contending that “none of these so-called gun-control solutions will work to stop a person with evil intent.”

“I say NO to ‘red flag’ pre-crime laws,” Schaefer said in a another tweet, referencing  a popular gun control measure which eviscerates due process rights. “NO to universal background checks. NO to bans on AR-15s, or high capacity magazines. NO to mandatory gun buybacks.”

Schaefer finished his tweet storm by encouraging citizens to say yes to their “God-given, constitutionally protected rights” and no to “more government intrusions.”

However, some of Schaefer’s Republican colleagues such Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen haven’t gotten the memo. In a tweet, Abbott counter-signaled on the issue of gun control by saying “we must keep guns out of criminals’ hands” when it was discovered that the Midland murderer acquired his firearm in a private sale.

 

House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, the man responsible for killing Constitutional Carry, announced the creation of a Senate & House Select Committees on Mass Violence Prevention & Community Safety to craft “legislative solutions” for these mass shootings.

During a Fox News interview, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick even floated the idea of a universal background check to close the so-called private sales “loophole”:

I believe, as a supporter of the 2nd Amendment, we should protect that family transfer or family sale. But any stranger-to-stranger, however — we don’t know how this person got their gun, but we do know that that’s a real loophole in the law, and I think the NRA needs to get behind the president on that issue and really address that issue. Because I’m a gun owner, I’m never going to sell my gun to someone I don’t know that — do they have a criminal record, are they a danger to other people, are they ready to commit evil? There’s no need for that.

Universal background checks are a popular gun control measure present in numerous blue states, where virtually all firearms transactions and transfers must go through a background check. Researchers like John Lott have demonstrated that these laws have very little impact in stopping crimes and mass shootings.

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Tennessee’s Marsha Blackburn Calls on Ilhan Omar to Resign After Minnesota Democrat Calls to “Dismantle” U.S. “System of Oppression”

Omar appeared to refer to the American economy and political system as “oppression.”

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Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn called upon Minnesota Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to resign from office on Tuesday, hours after Omar had appeared to endorse the “dismantling” of the American “economy and political systems,” calling them a “system of oppression.”

As long as our economy and our political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shutout, we will perpetuate this inequality. We cannot stop at the criminal justice system. We must begin the work to dismantle the whole system of oppression wherever we find it.

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Omar had made the remarks in the context of arguing that Democratic “criminal justice reform” was insufficient to answer the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement, calling for a more dramatic and wide-ranging restructuring of American society.

Blackburn called on the Minnesota freshman Democrat to resign hours after the anti-American speech in a tweet, stating that Omar could no longer credibly follow her oath to preserve the Constitution after referring to the American system broadly as a “system of oppression.”

Omar’s grandfather Abukar Omar had served as a government official in the dictatorship of Siad Barre in Somalia, and the Omar family sought political refuge in the United States when the Barre dictatorship-known for its human rights abuses and a mass killing of minorities thought of by some as a genocide- was overthrown in a civil war.

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