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by Grumpy1993
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: 2019 Texas Legislative Session
Topic: Speaker Bonnen's betrayal of Texas gun-owners
Replies: 159
Views: 15012

Re: Speaker Bonnen's betrayal of Texas gun-owners

Charles L. Cotton wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:24 pm
Below is an article posted on TexasFirearmsCoalition.com. I'll be releasing a podcast on this today or tomorrow. This betrayal by Bonnen is astounding and it better start an avalanche of complaints via email and phone calls. These need to go not only to Dennis Bonnen's office, but to everyone else listed in the article. (Don't confuse Speaker Dennis Bonnen with his brother Greg Bonnen.) To put this in perspective, this will be the worst legislative session I've seen in my 39 years of being a legislative and political advocate. This will be an entirely defensive session, solely because of Speaker Bonnen's deliberate and calculated actions.

Chas.
This bears repeating, especially for everybody coming late to the party. Dennis Bonnen recently received a lot of favorable press, from left wing "news" sources, trying to shift the blame. Don't be fooled. He planned to kill gun rights bills from the start. Everything else is smoke and mirrors.

https://www.texasfirearmscoalition.com/ ... gun-owners
by Grumpy1993
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: 2019 Texas Legislative Session
Topic: Speaker Bonnen's betrayal of Texas gun-owners
Replies: 159
Views: 15012

Re: Speaker Bonnen's betrayal of Texas gun-owners

If it's not a big issue to them, a simple big change with huge benefits makes a lot more sense than complicated, convoluted, chipping away, year after year.

If it's not a big issue to them, they could pass gun rights restoration clean up by Local and Consent Calendars.
by Grumpy1993
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: 2019 Texas Legislative Session
Topic: Speaker Bonnen's betrayal of Texas gun-owners
Replies: 159
Views: 15012

Re: Speaker Bonnen's betrayal of Texas gun-owners

ralewis wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:08 pm
I grew up in PA and have only been in TX for 20 years. I can't quite wrap my head around the rationale of appointing a minority party Chair to a committee. Was this to prevent Republicans from having to vote on potentially uncomfortable pro-gun legislation or is there some other Texas political tradition being observed?
Naw. It's just spitting in the face of Texas conservatives who vote Republican year after year.

Straus was able to kill major pro gun bills even with Republican chairs. Many bills were left pending in committee with no vote, so no committee members had to vote against pro gun legislation and expose their true colors. A few were passed out of committee for show, and then quietly killed in Straus' hand-picked Calendars Committee, to make sure no representative had to cast a public floor vote.

They did throw us a bone occasionally, like dropping the LTC fee to double the DL fee instead of 5x the DL fee. Can't make it too obvious they're blocking legislation to restore civil rights to legal gun owners.

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