The good mayor is not the first anti-gunner to look foolish because the murder and mayhem he predicted never occurred.
Rolling Stone called the new law the “firearms equivalent of abandoning drivers licenses,” – a frequently used but specious argument, since driving a vehicle is not a constitutional right. Bearing arms is.
Ari Frielich, Giffords Texas policy director, predicted constitutional carry would endanger both residents and cops, which also proved untrue.
“These lawmakers may simply prefer a society that includes zero safeguards to ensure people meet basic eligibility standards and receive basic training before they can carry weapons designed to take human life into public crowds,” Freilich said in numerous media statements. “The research is clear that flooding public spaces with more hidden loaded guns in more hands makes them less safe. It turns more arguments, road rage incidents, and fistfights into shootings, more injuries into burials, and it can create a civilian arms race in communities most impacted by violence.”
In another statement that was widely circulated, Frielich said, “This is about creating a profitable culture of fear and do-it-yourself armed security, and there is no evidence that these laws promote public safety.”
Everytown’s policy advisor, Andrew Karwoski, claimed he knew “what most people would feel” about Constitutional Carry. (Most Texans support the new law.)
“Just allowing almost anyone to carry a handgun in public, no questions asked, no background check or safety training, is really dangerous,” Karwoski said.
The Texas Municipal Police Association opposed the legislation from the start. Their executive director, Kevin Lawrence, said it will place a “tremendous burden” on police.
“We were opposed to this bill from the very get-go,” Lawrence said in a statement. “We’ve shifted the burden to the cops on the street, and made it a lot more difficult for them.”
Head demanding mom, Shannon Watts, blamed “extremist Republicans” for the growing national trend.
“There are some extremist Republican legislatures that are polarized, and they have been more successful and determined really to ignore the will of their constituents,” Watts claimed in a statement to CNN.
As usual, all of them were wrong.