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CONTINUING HIS RESPONSE TO RECENT MASS SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS, GOV. GREG ABBOTT RELEASED AN ACTION PLAN THURSDAY THAT INCLUDED NUMEROUS GUN-RELATED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO TACKLE BUT REJECTED CALLS FOR UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS OR LIMITS ON MILITARY-STYLE FIREARMS. THE GOAL IS TO IMPROVE SAFETY WHILE RESPECTING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, AND SOLUTIONS WILL REQUIRE MORE THAN WHAT WAS OUTLINED IN HIS 15-PAGE TEXAS SAFETY ACTION REPORT, ABBOTT SAID.A NEBRASKA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION HAS RAISED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR PATIENTS BATTLING CANCER FROM THE SALE OF ONE OF AMERICA'S DEADLIEST BULLETS. THE UNLIKELY PAIRING UNDERSCORES THAT, WHILE GUN MANUFACTURERS IN THE U.S. FACE MOUNTING PUSHBACK FOR THEIR ROLE IN A STRING OF MASS SHOOTINGS, THE MAKERS OF THE AMMUNITION THAT GOES INTO THOSE GUNS HAVE LARGELY ESCAPED SCRUTINY.GUN OWNERSHIP WILL ALWAYS BE A HOT-BUTTON TOPIC IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE LANGUAGE OF A CENTURIES-OLD DOCUMENT IS STILL BEING ANALYZED FOR MEANING. WHAT WAS ONCE CONSIDERED A SUBJECT SAVED FOR JUST THE MEN OF THE WORLD, THOUGH, IS NOW BECOMING A UNISEX INTEREST, OPENING UP A WHOLE NEW INDUSTRY FOR FEMALE FIREARM CARRIERS. DATA FROM THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER SHOWS THAT ONE IN FIVE WOMEN OWNED A GUN IN 2017, THE YEAR WITH THE MOST RECENT OWNERSHIP FIGURES, AND THAT THIS PERCENTAGE HAS SLOWLY GONE UP OVER THE YEAR.DEMOCRATS' PUSH FOR STRICTER GUN CONTROL MEASURES ARE AN EFFORT TO "CHIP AWAY" GRADUALLY AT THE SECOND AMENDMENT, FOX NATION HOST TOMI LAHREN ARGUED FRIDAY ON "FOX & FRIENDS." LAHREN WAS ASKED SPECIFICALLY ABOUT DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BETO O’ROURKE DECLARING AT THURSDAY NIGHT’S PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, “HELL YES, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE YOUR AR-15, AK-47.” THE LINE FROM THE FORMER CONGRESSMAN FROM TEXAS RECEIVED LOUD APPLAUSE FROM THE AUDIENCE AT THE THIRD-ROUND DEBATE IN HOUSTON, AS HE PROPOSED A MANDATORY BUYBACK OF ASSAULT WEAPONS.PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TALKED ABOUT EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS, THEN WAVERED. HE WAS CONSIDERING A “RED FLAG” BILL TO LET AUTHORITIES TAKE GUNS AWAY FROM DANGEROUS PEOPLE, BUT HAS NOW “COOLED” ON THE PROSPECT, ACCORDING TO THREE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE DISCUSSIONS. THE WHOLE TIME, THE GUN RIGHTS LOBBY WAS THERE TO NUDGE THE PRESIDENT ALONG. ADVOCATES BOMBARDED THE WHITE HOUSE WITH CALLS AND PETITIONS. REPRESENTATIVES SCORED MEETINGS WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS. AND THE INDUSTRY EVEN HAS A FORMER STAFFER WORKING IN THE WEST WING ON LEGISLATION. MEANWHILE, GROUPS PUSHING FOR MORE RESTRICTIONS ON GUN PURCHASES HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET IN THE DOOR.

TX – GUN RIGHTS – The hero of Sutherland Springs uses his newfound influence to advocate for gun rights

The military-style rifle that Stephen Willeford used to stop the gunman who took the lives of 26 worshipers First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs had not been fired since the morning of Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. In fact, it still has the tags authorities used to mark it as evidence in the hours after the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history. Willeford shot and then engaged in a high-speed chase with the church gunman, who then shot himself in the head. Willeford carried the AR-15 with him to Austin on Thursday to illustrate his opposition to any effort he believes would roll back Second Amendment rights as the state grapples with yet another example of deadly gun violence. The rifle sits silent, at least for now, but Willeford does not. The events of Sutherland Springs thrust the bearded, gray-haired plumber with a Santa Claus build into a spotlight he didn’t seek and by most accounts, didn’t want. Before that he was also a firearms instructor, a staunch advocate of the right to bear arms, and in his words, “a very conservative man.” “I didn’t feel like I had a voice back then,” Willeford said in a short interview before the gun rights rally where he was to be the featured speaker. “I have a voice now. And when I speak, people tend to listen more than they did back then.” And when Willeford says “people,” that includes some very influential people. During Texas’ marquee political race last year, Willeford sometimes accompanied Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on the campaign trail. And he was an invited guest in the U.S. House chamber when President Donald Trump delivered his State of Union address in January 2018. [full article]

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BREAKING :
CONTINUING HIS RESPONSE TO RECENT MASS SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS, GOV. GREG ABBOTT RELEASED AN ACTION PLAN THURSDAY THAT INCLUDED NUMEROUS GUN-RELATED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO TACKLE BUT REJECTED CALLS FOR UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS OR LIMITS ON MILITARY-STYLE FIREARMS. THE GOAL IS TO IMPROVE SAFETY WHILE RESPECTING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, AND SOLUTIONS WILL REQUIRE MORE THAN WHAT WAS OUTLINED IN HIS 15-PAGE TEXAS SAFETY ACTION REPORT, ABBOTT SAID.A NEBRASKA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION HAS RAISED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR PATIENTS BATTLING CANCER FROM THE SALE OF ONE OF AMERICA'S DEADLIEST BULLETS. THE UNLIKELY PAIRING UNDERSCORES THAT, WHILE GUN MANUFACTURERS IN THE U.S. FACE MOUNTING PUSHBACK FOR THEIR ROLE IN A STRING OF MASS SHOOTINGS, THE MAKERS OF THE AMMUNITION THAT GOES INTO THOSE GUNS HAVE LARGELY ESCAPED SCRUTINY.GUN OWNERSHIP WILL ALWAYS BE A HOT-BUTTON TOPIC IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE LANGUAGE OF A CENTURIES-OLD DOCUMENT IS STILL BEING ANALYZED FOR MEANING. WHAT WAS ONCE CONSIDERED A SUBJECT SAVED FOR JUST THE MEN OF THE WORLD, THOUGH, IS NOW BECOMING A UNISEX INTEREST, OPENING UP A WHOLE NEW INDUSTRY FOR FEMALE FIREARM CARRIERS. DATA FROM THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER SHOWS THAT ONE IN FIVE WOMEN OWNED A GUN IN 2017, THE YEAR WITH THE MOST RECENT OWNERSHIP FIGURES, AND THAT THIS PERCENTAGE HAS SLOWLY GONE UP OVER THE YEAR.DEMOCRATS' PUSH FOR STRICTER GUN CONTROL MEASURES ARE AN EFFORT TO "CHIP AWAY" GRADUALLY AT THE SECOND AMENDMENT, FOX NATION HOST TOMI LAHREN ARGUED FRIDAY ON "FOX & FRIENDS." LAHREN WAS ASKED SPECIFICALLY ABOUT DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BETO O’ROURKE DECLARING AT THURSDAY NIGHT’S PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, “HELL YES, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE YOUR AR-15, AK-47.” THE LINE FROM THE FORMER CONGRESSMAN FROM TEXAS RECEIVED LOUD APPLAUSE FROM THE AUDIENCE AT THE THIRD-ROUND DEBATE IN HOUSTON, AS HE PROPOSED A MANDATORY BUYBACK OF ASSAULT WEAPONS.PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TALKED ABOUT EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS, THEN WAVERED. HE WAS CONSIDERING A “RED FLAG” BILL TO LET AUTHORITIES TAKE GUNS AWAY FROM DANGEROUS PEOPLE, BUT HAS NOW “COOLED” ON THE PROSPECT, ACCORDING TO THREE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE DISCUSSIONS. THE WHOLE TIME, THE GUN RIGHTS LOBBY WAS THERE TO NUDGE THE PRESIDENT ALONG. ADVOCATES BOMBARDED THE WHITE HOUSE WITH CALLS AND PETITIONS. REPRESENTATIVES SCORED MEETINGS WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS. AND THE INDUSTRY EVEN HAS A FORMER STAFFER WORKING IN THE WEST WING ON LEGISLATION. MEANWHILE, GROUPS PUSHING FOR MORE RESTRICTIONS ON GUN PURCHASES HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET IN THE DOOR.