Opinion: Texas gives in further to the seductiveness of its gun culture — but it’s a trap

DALLAS — The evening before some of the most backward gun laws in America went into effect in Texas, I checked out Ladies Night at the gun range. Every Tuesday is Ladies Night at DFW Gun Range & Academy near downtown Dallas. Women can get the 20-minute gun-range-safety tutorial for free, and they only have to pay for a box of ammo instead of the usual gun-range fee. I had never been to a gun range before or even held a handgun. But a surge of pro-gun fervor here got me thinking it was about time to do my sacred duty as a Texan. “So, what do you want to shoot?” an instructor asked me and two other women at the counter. He took out three Glock pistols and motioned for us to come back to the classroom. Women with goggles and protective headphones were posing for pictures with their target-practice sheets. A display of concealed-carry purses caught my eye as I walked past. It made me wonder: How many women would be getting cute gun accessories as gifts this coming holiday season, now that legally eligible Texans over age 21 can openly carry a handgun without having to first pass a background check, or get safety training or even a license? Texas’s brand-new permit-less carry measure has been getting all the national attention, but that’s not the only worrying new gun law in Texas as of this week. Under the so-called Second Amendment Sanctuary State Act , state […]

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