By: Teresa Mull
In the wake of the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas is being mocked by the mainstream media for doing the only thing that can and does stop mass shootings: making it easier for law-abiding citizens to acquire guns.
A series of new firearm laws will go into effect in Texas next month -- further loosening gun restrictions in a state that's had four of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history.
The laws -- passed before a gunman massacred 22 people and injured dozens in El Paso last weekend -- will make it easier to have guns in a state with some of the most lax weapons restrictions in the nation.
Whew! What a piece of biased media that is. No need for CNN to mention, as WLJA did this week, that “Some states with strictest gun laws also have most dangerous cities.” Or the fact that there’s no evidence the “assault weapons” ban of the early 90s worked. Or the fact that background checks have not affected homicide or suicide rates.
Never mind all that.
Texas is doing its own thing, Texas style. And thank goodness.
CNN reports on the pro-gun legislation the Lone Star State will adopt next month:
House Bill 1143 says a school district cannot prohibit licensed gun owners, including school employees, from storing a firearm or ammunition in a locked vehicle on a school parking lot -- provided they are not in plain view.
House Bill 1387 loosens restrictions on how many armed school marshals a school district can appoint.
House Bill 2363 allows some foster homes to store firearms and ammunition in a safe and secure place for personal protection.
House Bill 302 bans homeowners or landlords of rental property from prohibiting residents from lawfully possessing, carrying, transporting or storing a firearm or ammunition in the property.
House Bill 1177 prohibits residents from being charged with a crime for carrying a handgun while evacuating from a state or local disaster area.
Senate Bill 535 clarifies the possession of firearms at churches, synagogues or other places of worship. It allows licensed handgun owners to legally carry their weapons in places of worship -- and comes nearly two years after a gunman killed 26 people at Sutherland Springs church.
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.