State of Texas Archives: on Gun Control
Individual right to keep and bear arms was settled in 1791
Greg Abbott believes the right to keep and bear arms was settled in 1791 when the 2nd Amendment was adopted to the U.S. Constitution. On behalf of 31 states, Attorney General Abbott championed a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision (District of
Columbia v. Heller) that struck down a handgun ban and protected an individual's right to bear arms.
Greg Abbott continues to protect 2nd Amendment rights by preparing to challenge potential federal laws that limit gun rights.
He was also one of the first Attorneys General in America to challenge the Obama Administration's efforts to use the United Nations to regulate guns in the United States.
As an avid hunter and member of the Texas State Rifle Association and National Rifle Association, Greg Abbott will continue to fight any federal government overreach that aims to disrupt the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Texans.
Source: 2014 Texas Gubernatorial campaign website, GregAbbott.com
Nov 4, 2014
Opposes an absolute right to gun ownership
Q: Do you support or oppose an absolute right to gun ownership?
Source: E-mail interview on Texas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues
Sep 19, 2014
Rock-solid defender of the 2nd Amendment
2nd Amendment: I am a rock solid defender of the 2nd Amendment, a
30 year member of the NRA, and was endorsed by the NRA in my 1996 congressional race.
Source: 2014 Texas 36th House campaign website BabinForCongress.com
Aug 31, 2014
The best gun lubricant around is Liberal Tears
Rep. Steve Stockman--a Republican primary challenger to Sen. John Cornyn of Texas--might be the closest thing in this election year to a middle finger running for the US Senate by itself:
Stockman seems to be betting--again--on his talents for nation-scale insult comedy, for grabbing free publicity with over-the-top attacks
on the hard right's enemies. He holds a place in the Hill's modern lore as an innovator in the art of shock politics. Stockman has now been the wild-man newcomer of two different House classes, 18 years apart.
Source: Washington Post on 2014 Texas Senate race
Jan 4, 2014
- "If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted," says a
Stockman campaign bumper sticker.
- "The best gun lubricant around," read a posting on Stockman's campaign Twitter feed. It was accompanied by a photo of an assault rifle and a spray can marked "Liberal Tears."
- "For every gift of $10 you make
right now," Stockman promised on his Web site, "I'll send you one of my Obama Barf Bags."
1993: Opposed federal raid on the Branch Davidian compound
In his first stint in Congress in 1994, Stockman became infamous for his conspiracy theories about gun control. He contended, for instance, that the 1993 federal raid on the
Branch Davidian compound in Texas was staged by the Clinton administration as a political gesture to bolster the case for an assault-weapons ban.
Source: Washington Post on 2014 Texas Senate race
Jan 4, 2014
AR-15 giveaway: the perfect Mother's Day gift
Stockman's famously incendiary tweets are enjoying increased scrutiny. Here's a sampling:
- The time Stockman gave away an AR-15 gun to a Twitter follower: "Want to give Mom the perfect Mother's Day gift? Win her a FREE AR-15!
I'm giving one away!"
- His campaign bumper sticker (April 11, 2013): "Our campaign bumper sticker: If babies had guns, they wouldn't be aborted."
Source: MSNBC AdWatch, "Tweets", on 2014 Texas Senate race
Dec 10, 2013
Consider impeachment for Obama's unilateral gun controls
Back in January, Stockman considered pursuing impeachment charges if President Obama implemented gun-control measures without congressional approval. Stockman called such executive action "an existential threat to this nation," because, "Under no
circumstances whatsoever may the government take any action that disarms any peaceable person--much less without due process through an executive declaration without a vote of Congress or a ruling of a court." President Obama did enact a series of
relatively minor gun-control measures by executive order, after losing a fight in the Senate to expand background checks on gun purchases.
Stockman noted, "Impeachment is one of the many options, including lawsuits and other actions, we can take to
defend the Constitution." Stockman said he has attorneys investigating whether the president has violated the Constitution, and, if so, then it would be time to consider that step. "But it's the last resort, and it's a very serious step," he cautioned.
Source: World Net Daily on 2014 Texas Senate race
Sep 18, 2013
Focus on mental illness, not on background checks
Q: The Sandy Hook [shooting tragedy] families are focused on tougher gun control, specifically the background check.
CORNYN: Adam Lanza stole his mother's guns. A background check wouldn't have stopped that incident.
A background should have stopped James Holmes in Tucson. It should have stopped the Virginia Tech shooter because their background check information about his adjudicated mental illness was not forwarded to the FBI's background check.
In other words, I think the mental illness issue is the common element that we ought to be focused on. But I'm not for symbolism over substance. I think we can't just pat ourselves on the back and say we're passing enhanced penalties
for trafficking or other issues or background checks when they don't really go and solve the problems that caused these terrible tragedies.
Source: Fox News Sunday 2013, on 2014 Texas Senate race
Apr 14, 2013
Strongly supports our constitutional right to bear arms
As an avid sportsman, David strongly supports our constitutional right to bear arms. David will fight to uphold our Constitutional rights here in Texas and across America.
Source: 2012 Senate Campaign website, dewhurstfortexas.com, "Issues"
Apr 2, 2012
- David extended the term for a concealed handgun
license (CHL) from 4 to 5 years
- David cut the CHL cost for Texas seniors by half
- David passed legislation allowing employees to take and store their firearms in their vehicle while at work
Elizabeth Ames Jones:
Defend right to purchase and possess firearms
Our individual constitutional right to keep and bear arms is under attack. I grew up hunting and a love for the outdoors was instilled in me at an early age.
I will be an active and strong voice to defend the rights of law abiding
Americans to purchase and possess firearms. I strongly support the right to carry and I will oppose any Presidential nominee for any office requiring Senate approval who will not acknowledge and protect our individual rights under the 2nd Amendment.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, www.jonesfortexas.com
Jul 17, 2011
Restore militia system--everyone trained in proper gun use
Roland supports the following principles regarding Gun Issues:
Source: Texas Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test
May 2, 2008
- Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
- Eliminate enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Eliminate restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- Roland adds, “Restore constitutional militia system in which everyone is trained in proper use and assigned regular duties in defense + law enforcement.”
Opposes the DC Gun Ban; it’s not just a “collective right”
An appeals court in Washington DC issued a ruling that hopefully will result in the restoration of 2nd Amendment rights in the nation’s capital. It appears the Court rejected the DC’s nonsensical argument that the 2nd Amendment confers only a “collective
right,” something gun control advocates have asserted for years. Rights, by definition, are individual. “Group rights” is an oxymoron.
When the 2nd Amendment speaks of a “well-regulated militia,” it means local groups of individuals operating to
protect their own families, homes, and communities. They regulated themselves because it was necessary and in their own interest to do so. The Founders themselves wrote in the Federalist papers about the need for individuals to be armed.
makes people demonstrably less safe--as any honest examination of criminal statistics reveals. It is no coincidence that violent crime flourishes in the nation’s capital, where the individual’s right to self-defense has been most severely curtailed.
Source: Weekly column, “Texas Straight Talk”
Mar 12, 2007
George W. Bush:
Arrest for guns in school; track juvenile offenders
Bush’s 1999 legislative record included:
Source: GeorgeWBush.com/News/ “1999 Texas Legislative Record”
Jun 25, 1999
- Required automatic detention [until released by a judge’s order] for juveniles who carry firearms illegally or commit crimes with a gun.
- Expanded beds for housing violent juvenile offenders.
- Created a
spotlight program to team police with probation officers to track violent juvenile offenders.
Maintain existing restrictions on firearms
Sadler supports the following principles concerning gun issues.
Source: Texas State 1998 National Political Awareness Test
Nov 1, 1998
Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
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