Friday, November 03, 2006

HCI Endorsements for Texas Representatives in Congress, And Trouble For Ron Paul

My fellow Texan JR over at A Keyboard and A .45 pointed me to this link with Handgun Control, Inc.'s endorsements for Texas' U.S. House races this year.

Four of our reps. have gotten this endorsement, including Sheila Jackson Lee, who, according to this link, "as council woman on the Houston City Council...sponsored and passed a resolution calling for Congress to pass the ban on semi-automatics. When confronted with a packed city council chamber full of citizens opposed to her resolution, she displayed nothing but a rude contempt for them. She also showed her ignorance of the legislation she said she was supporting when she stated that the guns ought to be banned because they were 'machine guns' which is, of course, completely untrue." Not really a surprise to me, though, as she always seemed to be more than a bit of a self-righteous blowhard, and a media hog, too.
Other endorsements include Charlie Gonzalez, Lloyd Doggett and Eddie Bernice Johnson, and the biggest thing I could find on those folks was that they all voted against the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, and against decreasing the waiting period for guns purchased at gun shows from 3 days to 1; that is, mandating the background check at the show be conducted within 24 hours instead of 72. As far as I am concerned, though, voting against lawsuit immunity for the American firearms industry is a pretty reliable indicator of where your senator or representative would stand on your natural right to arms...with one very notable exception, that is.
Via David Codrea, once again (David, indeed you do yeoman's work for us behind enemy lines, and God bless you!), we find that Texas Rep. Ron Paul has gotten a lower rating from the NRA than his Democratic opponent, and it seems this is solely due to Paul's opposition to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. And, as always, I find myself reading what Mr. Codrea has written and nodding my head in agreement with every word (emphasis mine -- ed.):

Candidly, I could argue with Rep. Paul on this point, as the lawsuits seem clearly designed to infringe on the Second Amendment. I'd be interested in seeing the point-counterpoint of such a debate, but now is not the time with the election less than a week away.

One thing is certain: Ron Paul has made his stands based on convictions, and a desire to stay true to the intent of the Founders. Paul has worked to roll back oppressive edicts that infringe on our right to keep and bear arms. He is clearly the superior gun rights candidate in the Texas 14th District.

Yes, indeed. What this country desperately needs is more Ron Pauls and less Nancy Pelosis. Send him some money if you can...