Sunday, September 1, 2019

In Texas, more guns, more victims, fewer controls

To catch you up after the second August mass shooting in Texas this Saturday, begin with this noteworthy report on bad, actually dangerous timing:
8 new Texas laws that loosen gun restrictions, starting Sept. 1
Firearm access expands at churches, schools, rental properties and in disasters

* And this 2015 tweet and link from Texas Gov. Abbott are making the rounds:
I'm EMBARRASSED: Texas #2 in nation for new gun purchases, behind CALIFORNIA. Let's pick up the pace Texans. @NRA

* To be fair, WI GOP officials are resisting calls for stronger, commonsense gun laws, some of which Walker had earlier weakened in 2015 with his own unlucky bout of bad timing
After signing two bills that loosen Wisconsin's gun laws, Gov. Scott Walker defended the timing of his public event Wednesday, saying it had been scheduled before nine people were shot and killed last week in a South Carolina church. 
With his signature, the all-but-certain Republican presidential candidate eliminated the state's 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases and allowed off-duty, retired and out-of-state police officers to carry firearms on school grounds. Both measures passed earlier this month in the GOP-majority Legislature with bipartisan support.

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