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How not to get Constitutional carry passed in Texas

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How not to get Constitutional carry passed in Texas

As one of the reddest states in America, one would expect Texas to be a leader when it comes to Constitutional carry. But a combination of lukewarm GOP leadership and over-the-top gun rights activists have resulted in the death of Constitutional carry in the Longhorn State.

I’m not going to assign blame since both the Republicans in the legislature and the gun rights activists are pointing fingers at each other. What actually happened to tank the legislation happened behind the scenes, but what we know publicly is sad on both sides.

The gun rights activists allegedly went to the homes of lawmakers to intimidate them out of fear the legislation was losing steam. They claim they were just posting flyers on doors, but it’s conspicuous they ended up at three lawmakers’ homes just posting flyers.

The lawmakers were backing down from passing Constitutional carry, claiming it would remove important current gun laws that keep the bad guys from getting guns. They are blaming the activists for going to far, but that doesn’t jibe. If all someone has to do to prevent legislation from going through is to go to lawmakers’ homes, then the government in Texas is broken.

Based on what I’ve seen, it appears both sides are in the wrong. To what degree is based on the aforementioned happenings behind the scenes, but it’s clear this wasn’t handled well by anyone involved. Constitutional carry is too important to blow.

As more states start addressing the need for Constitutional carry, they need to learn what they can from the failure in Texas. Usually, Texas leads to the right. This time, they went backwards. We can’t let that slow us down.

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  1. Charles Ray

    April 7, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Texas is barely pink, and heading toward blue in a hurry. Democrats are as left as those in San Francisco, and “Republicans” are of the Bush family country club variety. I’m leaving, and heading for a Free State.

  2. CJ Grisham

    April 7, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    This is false. No gun activists went to ANYONE’S house to intimidate anyone. They were leafleting the district, which included the houses of representatives standing in the way of good legislation. Hundreds of houses were leafleted with information about how Republicans were trying to kill constitutional carry. The speaker, who admits he doesn’t support constitutional carry, made up this story about being “intimidated” so that he had a boogeyman to blame for legislation he didn’t want coming to the floor. What this gun rights activist did was no different than what politicians do every two years to get votes. It’s what lobbyists and activists do on on issues ranging from banning red light cameras to defending life to demanding accountability for the killing of unarmed citizens by cops. It’s no different than what lawn care company, energy companies, and cable companies do to sell their products. You’ve been duped by the lies of the Speaker and the spin of the leftist media. And, yes, I’m the founder of Open Carry Texas.

    • JD Rucker

      April 8, 2019 at 1:13 pm

      Hi CJ. I’ll contact you this week. Your story should be broadcast more.

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Border patrol spots drone used to help illegal immigrants breach the border

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Border patrol spots drone used to help illegal immigrants breach the border

Human smuggling has gone high tech. At least it can be verified. At this point, it’s likely people have been using drone technology to assist in getting illegal immigrants across the border for a long time. It’s been used for drug trafficking as well, so thinking this is a new occurrence is likely erroneous.

But now we have proof-positive the efforts to get criminal illegal aliens across the border is a sophisticated operation.

Two of those apprehended were known gang members and one was a convicted sex offender, according to the Border Patrol. They now are being held in U.S. jails pending criminal prosecution.

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An under-reported challenge facing border patrol is the rise of criminal illegal immigrants crossing the border, sometimes not for the first time. We hear all about the groups of dozens or hundreds of migrants crossing the border and seeking to get apprehended so they can claim asylum and be released into the interior, but what about those who aren’t seeking asylum, who don’t want to be caught, and who are likely part of criminal elements?

Every border patrol agent who is tasked with processing paperwork for the migrants is a border patrol agent taken away from the necessary work of apprehending the criminals crossing over. This is why the use of drone technology is so discouraging. Right now, we have to rely on our technological prowess to cover much of the border. With the bad guys also using technology to thwart these efforts, it makes the already-difficult job of patrolling our border even more difficult and dangerous.

The left needs to understand that not everybody crossing over is just seeking a better honest life. Many are crossing the border for drugs, to join gangs, and even specifically to commit acts of violence against Americans. We need border patrol focusing on catching these bad guys, not serving paperwork to people who are unwilling to wait in line and enter the country legally.

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“Approximately two minutes after the object returned back to Mexico for the third time, a group of 10 subjects made an illegal entry into the U.S. in the same area in which the object had been traveling. This is the first known time in recent history that a drone has been utilized as a ‘look-out’ in order to aid in illegal entries in the El Paso Sector.” – Border Patrol Statement

Final Thoughts

With so much time, money, and manpower used by border patrol to apprehend the migrants wanting to be caught, those who don’t want to get caught have the advantage. These are the dangerous elements not seeking asylum. They seek to do harm.

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Trey Gowdy on the future of investigations in wake of Mueller report

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Trey Gowdy on the future of investigations in wake of Mueller report

Former Congressman Trey Gowdy took to Fox News to talk to Martha MacCallum about the release of Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference from 2016. His interview was arguably the most impressive take on the release so far.

As MacCallum notes, the divide really started with the Bill Clinton impeachment. Lawmakers ran to their respective political party corners and one can argue they never returned to the middle to become a single Congress again.

As for Gowdy, he pointed out the unfortunate reality that the American people are going to have to suffer (and pay for) more investigations from Congress and other entities who are not and will never be satisfied with how the Mueller probe concluded.

But perhaps the biggest takeaway from Gowdy is his belief that former FBI Agent Peter Strzok should and will be investigated in the wake of the Mueller report. This is important because Gowdy has never been one who shied away from the Mueller investigation, nor did he believe it should be made public.

Watch this video. Gowdy is in rare form by giving the cold, hard truth while not playing partisan games. Best take of the investigation so far.

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Border patrol nabs Mexican Mafia member ‘La Bestia’ crossing the border illegally

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Border patrol nabs Mexican Mafia member La Bestia crossing the border illegally

A 29-year-old Mexican national was apprehended by border patrol trying to illegally cross over into the United States. The man, known as “La Bestia” or “The Beast,” had been previously convicted and deported for Obstruction or Retaliation.

He is a known member of the Mexican Mafia as well as the 18th Street Gang. Border patrol spotting him crossing the border nine miles west of the Calexico port of entry.

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On the surface, this might seem like minor news. But the left continuously screams that there is no reason for a border wall or increased security at the border. Their claims, led in large part by the politically charged rhetoric of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, are that the way to improve border security is to buff up the ports of entry.

Here’s the obvious problem with that. They’re correct in saying most apprehensions of criminals and smugglers happen at the ports of entry. But that’s not evidence of how the dangerous elements of illegal immigration move. It simply means the ones who are crossing the large swaths of unprotected border are harder to apprehend. Yes, a wall will work. Yes, increased resources and manpower for border security will work. Yes, improved technology will work. In conjunction with one another, these solutions will help to not only catch those who try to cross over illegally but will also dissuade many from even trying.

This is logical, yet the narrative is designed to make the President and the Republicans seem like fearmongers. It isn’t fearmongering when the threats are legitimate. At the border, they most certainly are.

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“The continued vigilance of our agents led to the apprehension of this criminal. This dangerous man is off our streets and no longer a danger to the members of our community.” – Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim

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As long as Democrats and leftist media push the narrative that the threats coming across the border illegally are minimal, they’re going to keep crossing. We have to take the threat seriously. The left must stop hiding behind political agendas.

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