Democrats should stick to their guns when it comes to firearm safety — even in Texas

Democrats should stick to their guns when it comes to firearm safety — even in Texas

A group called “Moms Demand Action” gathers at the Texas Capitol to voice their opposition to permitless carry on Thursday, April 15, 2021, as the legislature considers the issue of the “constitutional carry” of firearms that would allow those without handgun licenses to carry concealed pistols in public. Once upon a time, Democrats running for statewide office in Texas were reluctant to get crossways with Second Amendment enthusiasts in this historically gun-friendly state. There’s also been a widespread assumption among political observers that former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke damaged his statewide prospects in Texas — perhaps irretrievably — when he took issue with assault weapons during his brief bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

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