I Used To Support Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’s Bid For Texas Governor. I No Longer Do.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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From By ASSOCIATED PRESS:

 

Wendy Davis supports open carry gun law in Texas


AUSTIN, Texas — The Wild West tradition of openly carrying your six-shooter on the street has long been banned in Texas under state law. But the next governor could change that.

 

Rising Democratic star and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has joined her top Republican rival in supporting a proposed “open carry” law. It would allow people with concealed handgun licenses to wear a pistol on their hip, in full view, while in public.

Texas Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth)  History s uggests that Davis' position is a pragmatic one...Not if you use common sense. | AP Photo

Texas Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth)
History suggests that Davis’ position is a pragmatic one…Not if you use common sense. | AP Photo

 

Davis has said she supports expanding gun rights in Texas. In a statement to The Associated Press, she said that includes open-carry — a position that puts her at odds with her own party but could keep her from alienating gun rights advocates in a deeply conservative state where the Second Amendment is sacrosanct.

 

Davis’ position now aligns her with her Republican gubernatorial rival, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, marking her latest effort to eliminate it as a wedge issue in the campaign.

 

The state senator from Fort Worth said such a law should allow private property owners to determine whether weapons could be openly carried on their property. She also said background checks and training requirements would “help ensure that only mentally stable, law-abiding citizens may carry, whether concealed or open.”

 

But her party and influential Democratic colleagues, including a fellow state senator running for lieutenant governor, disagree.

 

“There is little or no public safety justification for open carry,” said Emmanuel Garcia, spokesman for the Texas Democratic Party.

 

Kellye Burke, who leads the Texas Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, also opposes Davis’ position. She said the open carry of firearms, whether rifles or pistols, “is meant to be a sign of intimidation. It’s not about protection.”

 

“I don’t think people are aware of it. They just haven’t seen it yet. People are completely shocked how strange and lawless it looks to have that kind of firepower in our daily life,” Burke said.

 

History suggests that Davis’ position is a pragmatic one. Former Gov. Ann Richards, a Democrat, vetoed a concealed handgun measure, but Republican George W. Bush made it a major campaign issue when he defeated Richards for governor in 1994. Texas passed its concealed handgun law the next year.

 
Thank you ASSOCIATED PRESS.

 

I was a proud supporter of Texas State Senator Wendy Davis…but she took that support and traded it into the NRAssholes and gun manufactures without a care in the world. I am staunchly Anti-Gun. I support NO gun candidates for public office.

 

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Two Statements From Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America Founder, Ms. Shannon Watts.

 

Statement by Moms Demand Action Founder, Shannon Watts, on Wendy Davis’s Open Carry Announcement

 

By Moms Demand Action

 

Earlier today, Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis announced that she supports new laws that would allow Texans to openly carry loaded firearms in public. Davis’s position is disappointing and dangerous given that there is no federal or state requirement for background checks on private gun sales in Texas, making it easy for felons and other dangerous criminals, including domestic abusers, to get guns.

 

In November, while several members of Moms Demand Action gathered in a restaurant outside Dallas, nearly 40 open carry activists stood in the parking lot with long guns – including semi-automatic rifles – waiting for our mom members to leave the restaurant. This episode of intimidation illustrates clearly that with rights come responsibilities, and passing background checks on all gun sales should be the priority before passing laws that allow open carry.

 

Davis has voiced her support for background checks – this past September she said, ‘If I were governor and a bill came to my desk that provided for background checks atgun shows, I would sign that.’ And just this week the commissioners of Travis County, Texas, stood up for background checks at gun shows in their county.

 

As a mother, as an elected official, and as a champion of survivors of domestic abuse victims, we expect State Senator Davis to do the same and close the background check loophole to protect Texas families.

 

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About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to build support for common-sense gun reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just one year, the organization has more than 130,000 members with a chapter in every state in the country. The group recently joined forces with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter @MomsDemand

 

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18 Responses

  1. Well I am a Texan and I am active in Texan politics. I am disappointed in her position, however I also know her position is less important than Emmanual Garcia’s, the LT Governor has more authority than the Governor for what gets onto the floor for debate and a vote. The issue is whether she can raise enough money to stay in the race, to face off against Abbott. Texas is getting zero help from the national Democratic party, zero.

    Either she gets guns off the table as a wedge issue or she loses. Either we get more Democrats into our state legislature, district by district or we, as a state lose.

    • The state of Texas will never be blue, she will never win Governor. Thats a harsh reality, her best bet is to run for Senate or Rep in D.C. I know many anti-gun advocates in Texas who publicly say exactly what I am saying, selling out the anti-gun movement to get elected does not work for anti-gun advocates. If she is not really supportive of Open Carry, and said that just to get elected, then she is a liar and we have enough elected officials who are liars. If she believes in Open Carry, we need to keep her as far away from the Governors mansion as possible. Replacing one dumbass with a dumber ass is not good for Texas. You Texans need to locate candidates who represent America, and not AmeriKKKa. Personally, I’d like to see Texas removed from the United States Of America, then the execution rate of innocent Black men would drop. Just MY Unhumble opinion.

  2. I am disappointed. But this is politics – if she loses, Abbott will probably be even worse.
    This is the situation where I hope that a politician gets elected, then breaks her campaign promise once elected. Isn’t it what most politicians do, anyway?

    • I don’t vote for or like gun advocates. She lost my respect and my support, as well as my vote.

      • I don’t like them either, but given the choice between two of them, I would vote for the one that better represents my interests.
        But neither of us lives in TX, so our discussion is moot.

      • she has national aspirations, i won’t forget. Besides I donate to candidates I like and support, but you’re right, what do i matter in the grand scheme of things.

      • Maybe so, but she has to make it through Texas first.

  3. What if minorities all begin carrying guns… will Wendy still think that is a good idea?

    This only shows that she has caved in to the NRA for money. She’s no better than a prostitute.

  4. I am very disappointed in her making such a bad choice. To allow the average Joe to carry a gun openly on streets will ensure more senseless gun deaths, probably minorities. Sad? I’m disgusted.

  5. So, I’m not sure what she should do. On one hand, I oppose almost all carrying/owning of weapons. On the other, I think Texas needs someone who can help women, the poor and minorities. Is it better to have her support something that is already law and to extend Medicare? I don’t know the answer, but I do know we have to make political compromises sometimes, even when we would really prefer not to do so.

    • I prefer not to compromise human life by supporting a candidate who is worried about getting elected & supports open carry laws in Texas, where Black life is worthless as it is. I can not tell you how to think/act on this issue. Good luck. Happy FriDaY ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ

      • Yes, the Texas gun laws impact people of color probably more than others, but so do issues like Medicare expansion. We all have the point at which we can’t compromise any further and I respect the line you can’t cross.

      • Thats what makes America great…so I’m told. Too bad there is no candidate who stands up 2 America’s gun culture

      • We can agree on that! My home state of MA is about to strengthen its already strong gun laws. It has to start somewhere. We started marriage equality, after all.

      • Good for you and your state. Equality is whats best for humanity.

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