New gun laws in Texas will surely lead to more gun violence

New gun laws in Texas will surely lead to more gun violence

People participate in a Second Amendment rally in Olmos Park in 2018. Texas law enforcement opposed passage of House Bill 1927, the new law in Texas that allows people to start carrying a handgun in public without a permit. The law goes into effect Wednesday, Sept. 1. There’s a new phrase in the lexicon to describe the latest “gun right.” It’s called “permitless carry,” wording that conveniently omits the word “gun” or “firearm.” Pro-gun groups call it “Constitutional Carry.” What is patriotic about more people carrying guns into public places? It seems odd at first glance that Republican leaders who aggressively pushed for the further loosening of the state’s gun laws would act despite the near-universal opposition of police chiefs, sheriffs, and others who spoke out against the legislation and tend to be politically conservative. On the other hand, anytime politicians can claim to be defending the Second Amendment issue, no matter how cynical that play may be, they are animating hard-right Republican primary voters. Responsible law enforcement leaders, sadly, are no match for Republican primary voters when it comes to how elected officials set their priorities. Self-interest, unfortunately, trumps the public interest. “You could say that I signed into law today some laws that protect gun rights,” Abbott was quoted as saying as he signed the bill into law in June. “But today, I signed documents that instilled freedom in the Lone Star State.” I do not feel freer as Sept. 1 approaches, Governor. I feel dread. We […]

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