By: Ashleigh Meyer
Brady PAC, the gun control group claiming to be one of America’s “oldest and boldest,” has set its sights on Texas as the next frontier for so-called “assault weapons” bans, universal background checks, red flag laws, and all the other anti-gun measures that have our founding fathers rolling in their graves.
Their goal is to flip the state’s legislatures from red to blue by winning a few strategic seats for the left, a feat that would be quite impressive, considering Republicans have controlled the House, the Senate, and the governor’s seat since 2003. It would also be a very expensive mission, but the Brady PAC plans to dump more than half-a-million dollars into Democratic candidates in the state. That’s more money going to Texas than any other state in the country.
Texas, through traditionally conservative and gun-loving, is seen as a battleground for the 2020 elections. And Brady isn’t the only gun lobby spending a chunk in the Lone Star State. Everytown for Gun Safety, backed by anti-gun heavyweight Mike Bloomberg, also plans to spend millions.
The frightening thing is that it has already worked once.
Brady was one of many gun control lobby groups to claim victory after the sweeping win by Democrats in Virginia in 2019. Their unprecedented spending forced gun policy to the top of the issues list and successfully brought out the typically unmotivated liberal voters in droves. Virginia, for the first time in decades, became an all-blue state. And now Brady PAC plans to employ the same high-dollar grassroots method in Texas.
It may not be that easy, however. Not only would Democrats have to hold onto the 12 seats they snagged in the last election, they would also need to win 9 more to take control of the House. After watching in horror as the blue wave swept Virginia, many gun rights groups and conservative voters are taking this most recent threat much more seriously. Groups like Gun Owners of America and many others are calling for action and beating their own spending records to rally folks behind their Second Amendment freedoms. Grassroots resistance against unconstitutional gun laws are popping up all across America.
In Texas, a state known for its gun-slinging, freedom-loving heritage, Brady and their Democratic candidates have their work cut out for them.
Ashleigh Meyer is a professional writer and Conservative political correspondent from Virginia.