In full disclosure, I am a Patriot Life Member (Benefactor) and Board Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). I am also a Life Member (Benefactor) of the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA), a Life Member of the Gun Owners of America (GoA), and the Dallas Safari Club (DSC). Those who know me are well aware that I enjoy nothing better than a nice time at the shooting range to hone and maintain my shooting skills. For me, it is all about discipline: calm hand and eye coordination, and precision. With that being said, I am seriously dedicated to that incredible right that we have in America, conceived on April 19, 1775, at Lexington Green: our right to keep and bear arms, that shall not be infringed.
The Second Amendment is enshrined in our rule of law, our Constitution, part of those first ten amendments referred to as our Bill of Rights. This right has been clarified, not once, but twice in the US Supreme Court in the 2008 Heller v. DC case and later in the 2010 McDonald v. City of Chicago. As I have always stated, nothing is a right to the progressive socialist left if it is not in agreement with their ideological agenda. An agenda that is in full display in some states in America — yes, Democrat-controlled — where gun stores and ranges were deemed “non-essential” by these tyrannical leftists.
In 2019, we saw a very deliberate movement supported by Michael “Mini-Mike” Bloomberg, whom I refer to as “Mayor Big Gulp,” to flip the state of Virginia. Bloomberg dumped $2 million into the Commonwealth of Virginia via his groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action to push for gun control candidates…and we know the rest of that story.
So, fresh off that success, what does the Napoleonic despot seek now? Yes, Texas. We recall that it was former VP Joe Biden, now the Democrat 2020 presidential nominee, who embraced Robert Francis O’Rourke here in Dallas, back in March, commenting that he would put Bob Frank in charge of his gun problem. Yes, that is what Joe Biden thinks of law-abiding, legal gun owners, we are a problem.
It was also Biden, who criticized Texas Gov. Abbott for allowing congregants in churches to be armed in the aftermath of the 2017 Sutherland Springs shooting where the government failed to upload the felony offenses of the shooter. We all know about one law-abiding Texan, Stephen Willeford, armed with a semi-automatic rifle who stopped the shooting at his church.
Then, there was Jack Wilson, who recently stopped what would have been a mass shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. Yes, one shot to the head from his semi-automatic .45 cal auto.
But, the left is not to be deterred from their ideological objective, a major part being the disarming of law-abiding citizens.
Michael Bloomberg and his minions have declared that they will spend $8-$10 million in Texas to replicate what they did in Virginia in the 2020 election cycle. And, it has begun.
As reported by Bearing Arms:
“Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety has launched a $250,000 digital ad campaign targeting several members of Texas’ congressional delegation, in its first salvo of campaign spending designed to keep Democrats in control of the U.S. House and flip the Texas State Senate [actually the Texas State House, the left is 9 seats away from doing that] as well.
The new ads are focused on five congressional districts in the state, all of them currently held by Republicans. The gun control group’s ads will run in districts held by Reps. Dan Crenshaw, Michael McCaul, John Carter and Chip Roy, as well as the state’s 24th Congressional District, where Beth Van Duyne is running for Congress. The Cook Political Report rates the 24th District a “toss-up,” while McCaul’s and Roy’s seats are rated “lean Republican.” Crenshaw’s and Carter’s seats are classified as “likely Republican.”
The ads, titled “Ignore Our Safety”, start out by proclaiming that the coronavirus isn’t the only threat to the lives of Texans [I agree, the real threats to the lives of Texans are these little tyrant leftists ruling in Dallas, Houston, El Paso, Austin, San Antonio, and even Laredo], pointing to the attack at an El Paso WalMart last August and accusing the Republicans of “siding with the gun lobby over us.” By “us,” Everytown is referring to Texas voters, but it’s actually more accurate to say that Crenshaw and the rest of the Republicans sided with the Constitution over the gun control movement.
The only policy that the ad specifically mentions is universal background checks, which is the policy that polls best for gun control advocates, and claims that “we” can’t afford the risk of re-electing pro-Second Amendment candidates this November.” (Emphases mine).
You can view the 30-second video ad that is being targeted against Texas Congressional Representative Dan Crenshaw, here.
I always love the language of “common sense” gun laws. Do you mean the Second Amendment? What the left fails to grasp is that only law-abiding citizens abide by laws. Look at the utter failure of the left’s bail reform laws, and how criminals are being released back onto our streets. Isn’t it about our safety?
Instead of throwing out a number, why does the left not focus on what type of shootings are occurring? Take out the gang violence, suicides, and other criminal related assaults and tell me, how many law-abiding, legal gun owners are out there committing shooting incidents? Of course, the left will never articulate the instances where a law-abiding gun owner takes action to save lives, such as Stephen Willeford and Jack Wilson. Nor does the left bring to light those instances where the government failed, and put lives at risk, such as in Sutherland Springs.
We know that the assailant in the El Paso shooting had been reported to law enforcement by his own mother. Kinda reminds ya of the Nicolas Cruz fiasco in Broward County, where the number of dropped balls by the Sheriff’s office and the School Superintendent were too numerous to count. No commercial ads run against them by Mayor Big Gulp and his flying monkeys.
Nor, does the left inform you that the majority of these “shootings” in Texas occur in Democrat-controlled urban centers where crime runs rampant. Of course, these are the same progressive socialists who want open borders and rampant illegal immigrant populations, but they want to disarm Texans? Let me remind Everytown for Gun Safety that Texas is the number one state in America for human and sex trafficking. Dallas and Houston are the top two cities, and both cities and counties are run by Democrats.
Nothing would satisfy the left, these tyrants and despots, more than to steal away the Second Amendment in the state of Texas via gun-control backing candidates.
The only way to fight back against this is not to have leadership in Texas that hides their heads in the sand, believing that this is just a leftist “talking point.” One must be aggressive and counter these incursions with the truth, as I have just asserted. As well, it will take someone who embodies the Second Amendment, not some whiteboard carrying wonk, or weak individuals. Virginia was lost to Bloomberg because no one took him on head-to-head. No one called him out from the Republican Party and openly challenged him.
Well, that dog don’t hunt here in Texas where “Come and Take It” is not just a bumper sticker slogan, it is a way of life. The storm clouds are gathering and the fight’s a-comin’.
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During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.