6 thoughts on “Years of Texas Republicans in charge…

  1. Libtard says:

    “…Politicians like these are routinely criticized for their hypocrisy and empty gestures—their “thoughts and prayers.” But, if only for the sake of rhetorical hygiene, we should go a step further. Republicans, as we know, get what they want. It is their best feature. They have vacuumed up the state legislatures, gerrymandered much of the country, stacked the Supreme Court and the federal judgeships, turned back the clock on L.G.B.T.Q. rights, paralyzed entire school districts with engineered panics over critical race theory and “grooming,” ended (or so it seems) reproductive rights as a constitutionally guaranteed freedom, and blocked all attempts at gun-control legislation. If the leaders of this political movement, which in Texas managed to ban most abortions and criminalize health care for trans kids in the space of a school year, took real offense to murdered children, they would never simply accept their deaths as the unfortunate cost of honoring the Founding Fathers’ right to take up muskets against hypothetical government tyranny. They would act. If America were not afraid to know itself, we could more readily accept that gun-rights advocates are enthralled with violent sorrow. This is the America they envisaged. It is what they worked so hard for. Their thoughts and prayers have been answered.”
    Jessica Winter, “Seeing America, Again, in the Uvalde Elementary-School Shooting” (The New Yorker, May 25, 2022)

  2. Moloch says:

    “Maker of rifle in Texas massacre is deep-pocketed GOP donor
    Political contributions by the owners of Georgia-based Daniel Defense show the financial clout of the gun industry, even as NRA spending declines” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/05/27/texas-shooting-gun-manufacturer-donations/
    The manufacturer of an AR-15-style assault rifle that Salvador Ramos used to kill 19 kids and two teachers has been slammed for posting an online ad featuring a toddler clutching a similar weapon just days before the massacre.
    “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it,” Daniel Defense wrote in the ad shared on Twitter on May 16, eight days before the slaughter at Robb Elementary School.
    The line refers to a proverb in the Bible [Proverbs 22:6]

  3. Travis B. says:

    A Gun-Control Activist Said ‘Yes’ to the Texas Governor’s Invitation. Here’s What Happened Next. https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/05/27/gun-control-activist-texas-governor-abbott-scruggs-00035593
    “…in 2018, after a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School near Houston, and again in 2019 following a mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart, the Texas governor did do something: He pulled a task force together, and asked Ed Scruggs — gun control activist and former board president of Texas Gun Sense — to be a part of it.
    Scruggs talked to POLITICO Magazine about how those discussions unfolded (and eventually unraveled) and how he went from thinking Texas’ leaders were sincerely engaging with gun control proposals to feeling like he had been “used like a prop.”

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