wwjd reminded us in December that Texas, and 17 other states, was trying to overturn the election results.
As the legislature in Austin returns for its first session since the mass shootings in El Paso and Midland-Odessa, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has vowed to do everything he can to defend gun rights in the state, the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram reported on Monday.
The governor, whose state has 3,000 people a year killed by a gun, said that “Politicians from the federal level to the local level have shouted: ‘Heck yes, the government is coming to get your guns,’” but vowed that “we won’t let that happen in Texas.”
(Texas has the highest number of deaths from guns than ANY other state. In addition, Texas has executed more people, by far, than any other state since 1976, when the death penalty was reinstated.)
When asked about measures offered by gun safety advocates such as “red flag” laws or universal background checks, Abbott emphasized that “the goal that I’m seeking to achieve is to do the maximum to protect Second Amendment Rights.”
He elaborated on what he meant by a Second Amendment sanctuary state, telling the Star-Telegram.that “It would be a law that would prohibit any … state or local government official from doing anything to implement any law, state or federal, that would take guns away from any Texan.”
Some gun advocates and legislators who favor gun safety measures were let down that Abbott played up Second Amendment rights while not even mentioning the recent mass shootings.
Surprisingly, Texas is nowhere the worst when it comes to the death rate (per 100,000 of population) from guns. Alaska is the worst, but Alabama is close behind.
9 of the 10 states that have the lowest death rate from guns are "blue states".
Arizona. (In Arizona, gun owners do not need permits or training).
The 18 worst states for gun deaths are all "red" states.
Texas comes in at #26.
Texas, however, would be considered a "pro-life" state.
The number of abortion clinics in the state has been steadily declining, going from 128 in 1982 to 79 in 1992 to 64 in 1996 to 40 in 2011 to 28 in 2014 to 19 in 2016. The number of legal abortions has also been on the decline in Texas in recent years, going from 97,400 in 1992 to 89,240 in 1995 to 91,270 in 1996 to 54,148 in 2014 to 53,940 in 2015. Rosie Jimenez is the first woman known to have died due to an illegal abortion after the Hyde Amendment was passed, dying in 1977 from an illegal abortion in McAllen, Texas.
The state is home to an abortion rights activist community. They have founded organizations like Jane’s Due Process, been involved in events commemorating Rosie Jimenez Day every October 3, and participating in protests. The state is also home to an anti-abortion rights community, with Operation Rescue's national director befriending Norma McCorvey as part of their efforts, resulting in McCorvey announcing she was "pro-life" in 1995. They have also created organizations like Human Coalition. Anti-abortion rights activists have also been involved in violence in the state. This include arson attacks, butyric acid attacks and an attempted bombing. Harris County, which includes Houston, has been home to the most abortion violence in the United States as of 2000 with 10 acts of violence being experienced by clinics.
(Since 2017, the abortion rate in Texas has INCREASED).