To the Editor:
It’s bad news for the Second Amendment in Texas. Our state Legislature let us down big-time. That includes both political parties. Despite urging our lawmakers to pass true pro-gun reforms and protections, state lawmakers adjourned after accomplishing virtually nothing to protect our gun rights. Despite all the tough talk, despite “pro-gun” Republican dominance in both chambers, our state Legislature decided to ignore meaningful and urgently needed pro-gun bills. Their to-do list was simple:
Campus Carry — Result: Fail
Allowing law-abiding adult students, faculty and staff to carry their firearms on the grounds of state-run colleges and universities.
Open Carry — Result: Fail
Texas — yes Texas — is one of a dwindling number of states that still outlaws the open carry of firearms.
Oklahoma partially legalized open carry last year, as California outlawed it. But lawmakers in Texas killed open carry early on this year — leaving the state on par with California, New York and other anti-gun bastions.
Second Amendment Protection Act — Result: Fail
One of the most promising and urgently needed bills this year was the Second Amendment Protection Act. This bill simply declared any new unconstitutional federal infringements on your right to keep and bear arms to be unenforceable in Texas. As President (Barack) Obama wages war on your gun rights, he’s using every tool he has access to, even if it means sidestepping Congress and using executive orders to impose his agenda. This bill would have posed a true 10th Amendment challenge to this federal overreach, and protected the Second Amendment rights of all Texans. Texas lawmakers killed this bill, too.
We couldn’t have done worse if we elected our state legislators and senators from New York, Illinois or California. The only thing these politicians hate more than doing their jobs is having to account for their actions. I say hold them accountable. Give them an earful, folks. Then fire them regardless of party affiliation.