(The Heart Sq.) – The Republican Social gathering of Texas has a message for President Joe Biden in response to his pledge to ban so-called assault weapons within the U.S.: “Come and take it.”
The phrase is thought to Texans because the rallying cry that sparked the Texas Revolution on Oct. 2, 1835, in Gonzalez, Texas. The Mexican Military tried to take a small cannon that was largely ineffective however used as a scare tactic to thwart Comanche raids and Texans weren’t giving it up with out a struggle. Their struggle finally led to an 18-minute battle in San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.
Even after the U.S. Supreme Court docket’s landmark ruling in Bruen, which upheld the Second Modification rights of Individuals, President Joe Biden continues to vow to ban so-called assault rifles. Over the weekend, he tweeted, “It’s time we ban assault weapons on this nation.”
In response, the Texas GOP tweeted, “Come and Take It.”
On Friday, in a speech to the Nationwide Training Affiliation, Biden additionally claimed “the bullet out of an AR-15 travels 5 instances as quickly as a bullet shot out of another gun.”
It’s a declare he’s made earlier than, which The Washington Put up says is fake. He’s additionally repeatedly claimed that cannons have been banned from non-public possession when Congress ratified the Second Modification, which the Washington Put up additionally noted is fake.
In line with a 2020 Area & Stream report, not one of the 5 quickest rifle cartridges embody the AR-15. The quickest is the .220 Swift launched by Winchester in 1935, which was the primary rifle spherical to interrupt the 4,000 ft per second mark. AR-15 rounds journey 2,700-3,100 fps, in accordance with its evaluation.
Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Chair of Public Curiosity Regulation at George Washington College, said “the White Home is ramping up the President’s name to ban ‘assault weapons’ earlier than the midterm elections.”
He additionally notes that AR-15s “aren’t any extra highly effective than different semi-automatic rifles of the identical caliber and really have a decrease caliber than some generally bought weapons which use .30-06, .308 and .300 ammunition; many of those weapons hearth on the similar – or close to the identical price – because the AR-15. None of those weapons are categorised as precise navy ‘assault weapons.’”
Whereas not a high problem for Texas voters within the November election in accordance with a recent poll, the Republican and Democratic events of Texas have their very own platforms on Second Modification points.
The Texas GOP urged the Texas legislature to move a permitless carry invoice for years, which it did final 12 months, and Gov. Greg Abbott signed into regulation.
The Texas GOP’s platform calls on the state legislature and Congress to repeal and/or nullify the Nationwide Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Management Act of 1968. It helps passing unrestricted Constitutional Carry by amending the Texas Structure; helps nullifying any gun legal guidelines that violate the Second Modification or rights of due course of; helps nationwide reciprocity for gun possession rights; helps recognizing the precise of License to Carry holders to hold wherever that off-duty or retired regulation enforcement can carry, amongst different measures.
The Texas Democratic Social gathering platform calls on state leaders “to protect Second Modification rights whereas implementing prudent safeguards towards unnecessary suicides, mindless mass murders, tragic accidents, and interpersonal violence.” These embody compiling a registry of individuals with violent histories, enacting an Excessive Threat Safety Order Regulation, mandating a short lived give up of all weapons by these with protecting orders or who’ve been convicted of a violent misdemeanor or felony; implementing common background checks and ready intervals; imposing restrictions on gun present and personal gross sales of firearms; banning the sale of assault weapons; prohibiting the manufacture, sale, or possession of bump shares, binary set off methods, set off cranks, attachable silencers, and journal clips that maintain over 10 rounds; prohibiting open carry, repealing campus carry, amongst others.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke helps the celebration platform and famously declared in 2019, “Hell sure, we’re going to take your AR-15.”
Final 12 months, he backtracked on the declare however reversed once more after the Robb Elementary College capturing in Uvalde. He advised reporters in June, “Proper there, if you’d like an answer, cease promoting AR-15s within the state of Texas.”
His marketing campaign issued a press release saying O’Rourke is “prioritizing commonsense gun security reforms which have broad, bipartisan assist throughout the state,” which incorporates “standard insurance policies” like “repealing permitless carry, passing common background checks, implementing pink flag legal guidelines, enacting secure storage legal guidelines, and conserving weapons of struggle on the battlefield by stopping their sale in our communities.”
When Abbott was Texas lawyer basic, he championed the landmark U.S. Supreme Court docket ruling in Heller, which struck down a handgun ban and upheld the Second Modification. He additionally was one of many first AGs to problem the Obama administration when it sought to make use of the United Nations to control weapons within the U.S.
As governor, he signed into regulation campus carry, open carry and different legal guidelines to guard gun homeowners.
Since 2019, almost half of first-time gun consumers have been girls; from 2019 to January 2022, 3.5 million girls turned first time firearm homeowners within the U.S., in accordance with the National Firearms Survey.
Through the first half of 2020, the best total firearm gross sales enhance got here from Black women and men, a 58.2% enhance, according to a 2020 Nationwide Sports activities Taking pictures Basis Firearms Retailer Survey.