Legislative Priorities Report for December 18, 2020
This week, Joe Biden gave a statement in which he stated that “gun violence” is a “national health crisis.” He made this comment in the context of the anniversary of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting on December 14, 2012. The left is skilled at redefining issues and coining new phrases to drive their narrative. Republicans must stop parroting their words and trying to debate them on their terms because it is a losing battle. Instead, we must confidently and loudly tell the truth.
So, what is the truth about guns?
Guns are not violent; they are merely objects. But they are so important our Founding Fathers saw fit to write a Second Amendment to the Constitution which protects our right to keep and bear arms.
Why would these men think this was necessary? Was it because at that particular time in history there was a need for guns more so than we have today? No, of course not. It was because, in their wisdom, the Founders recognized a fundamental truth about mankind, that we can be evil, and capable of oppressing and killing each other. Therefore, they recognized the God-given right of individuals to carry guns for self-defense and to protect themselves from a government that becomes tyrannical.
The British were marching towards Concord Mass on April 19, 1775, to destroy a weapons and armaments factory that was supplying the Sons of Liberty. That was why patriots met the British on the field of Lexington Green. On October 2, 1835, the Mexican cavalry showed up at Gonzales, Texas, and demanded that the Texians surrender their cannon. The reply was “Come and Take It.”
The history of America, and the fight for independence for this Republic, and Texas, is rooted in the assertion, as our chairman consistently reminds us, “that an armed individual is a citizen, an unarmed one is a subject.” Tyranny must always remove the ability of individuals to protect themselves, as we have seen recently in Venezuela. The progressive socialists of the American Democrat Party are exhibiting the same desires. Let’s not forget that Joe Biden has said he will place Robert Francis O’Rourke in a position to take care of his “gun problem.”
In countries where guns are taken away from the citizens, the government steadily removes liberties.
This is the real agenda of the Democrats, to create a compliant, dependent populace that is easily controlled. This is best achieved when gun rights are removed, and most easily when under the guise of the public good, like attempts to solve a “national health crisis.” We must dispel that myth. We cannot allow the Democrats to incrementally remove our gun rights; no governing body gets to view firearm ownership as a “privilege.”
One of our eight legislative priorities this session is Constitutional Carry. Perhaps, in some ways, it is the most important priority, because without our firearm freedoms, government regulations begin to creep in and we become powerless in the face of evil and oppression. The priority reads:
“Restore legal Texas firearms owners ‘rights to carry them openly or concealed without a permit, while maintaining the option of a permit for reciprocity purposes.”
Texas, the state known for our rugged individualism and conservatism, is actually behind in firearm freedoms. There are over 30 states that don’t require a permit to carry a handgun, but Texas isn’t one of them. That must change.
Had there been armed staff at Sandy Hook Elementary, the horrific outcome may have been avoided. In our current environment where Antifa, BLM, and other agitators are daring to come into our residential neighborhoods and threaten our properties and our lives, we must pass this priority.
Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the Governorship of the great state of Texas, so it is past time to get this done. We have courageous men and women in our Legislature. We must let them know Republican voters want our rights restored so we can keep our communities safe and our government in its rightful place.
For God and Texas,
SREC, SD 12
Chair, SREC Legislative Priorities Committee
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