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September 11, 2013 - 7:08 am
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Jay Root at the Texas Tribune highlights an initiative that Davis undertook when she was on the Fort Worth City Council. Fort Worth, as in Cowtown, the home of the Stockyards and the city “where the west begins.” Davis tried, unsuccessfully, to impose new regulations at gun shows held in city-owned venues back in 2000. She also tried to force individuals who sell firearms at gun shows to perform background checks on their buyers.

We’re not talking about licensed gun dealers who make their living selling firearms, who are already required to perform background checks on gun purchasers. We’re talking about the individual who wants to sell a gun to another individual. The former is uncontroversial; the latter puts the federal government into private citizens’ business and opens up the possibility of a national gun registry being created. Davis attacked the so-called “gun show loophole,” which has been a favorite boogeyman of the gun-grabbing left for decades.

She failed. But Root reports that if she was elected governor, she would sign such restrictions into law, in Texas.

In a recent interview, Davis didn’t back down from her position on gun shows, though she acknowledged it’s not a politically popular one. She said that if she were governor, she would leave the issue to the will of the Legislature but would happily sign gun show regulations into law.

“I haven’t pursued it as a senator because I know it’s like spitting in the wind,” she said. “But I still believe it’s the right thing. And if I were governor and a bill came to my desk that provided for background checks at gun shows, I would sign that.”

The second part of Davis’ anti-gun effort was to kick gun shows off city-owned property, according to a July 19, 200o story that appeared in the Dallas Morning News. That would turn city-owned convention centers into tools of politics, which they were never intended to be. Given that the Second Amendment is written right into the Constitution, it would also have put Fort Worth in the position of militating against its own citizens’ civil rights. Davis would do the same across the whole state. Of Texas.

The city of Austin tried a similar move this year, and not only failed, it earned the very public ire of Attorney General Greg Abbott. He promised Austin it would face a “double-barreled lawsuit” if it proceeded. The bluest city in Texas quickly backed down.

Wendy Davis could be sitting on three strikes before she even really comes up to bat in the governor’s race. She will attempt to mitigate the damage by pointing out that she owns a gun and that she voted for a law that allows students to carry guns in their vehicles on college campuses. Owning a gun is nearly mandatory in Texas, and that single vote regarding guns on campuses probably won’t carry as much weight as Davis’ longstanding double-barreled assault on gun shows. It wasn’t as though Davis was taking a brave stand on that campus bill: It passed the Texas Senate 27-4.

Attorney General Abbott is now the front-runner in the GOP primary in the Texas governor’s race. Should Davis win the Democratic primary, she is likely to face Abbott in the general election. It’s safe to say that Davis’ record of trying to kick gun shows off city property, and mandating background checks for every single gun purchase in the entire state of Texas, will come up. Often.

Democrats will probably respond with some variation on “Well, this just makes me like her more!”

That goes a long way to explaining why Democrats don’t win anything in Texas.

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I won't mind wrapping Davis around the National Dems neck and letting them hang. Seriously - how do you think a rally for Abortion/Anti-Gun Barbie is going to go over in any part of rural Texas? And imagine the wonderful visuals of her being protested by Churches praying for her soul, backed up by hunters and sportsmen.
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The problem the Texas Dems have is that they have moved hard to the left, yet Democrat Texas voters have not. The legacy voters (my granddaddy was a Democrat, my daddy was a Democrat and I'm, by God, a Democrat) are still fiscally responsible and fiercely independent (keep the government off my land and out of my house) types.

So little Abortion Barbie has to come up with issues, one more outrageous than the other, to try to keep her name in the press. Seems no one from the DNC has told her that Texans have moved on, Greg Abbott will crush her in the general election and Konnie Burton is going to take her Senate seat away from her.

Hey, Wendy, contact two Dems in Colorado and ask them about unemployment benefits.
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The pro-abortion barbie is also an anti gun barbie? Who'd a thunk it...
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Wendy, Wendy, Wendy. You need to polish your resume because your political career is over in Texas. Maybe you could visit a dude ranch and learn how to ride a horse and shoot a gun. You might really enjoy that!
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Hey Wendy ~ look what happened in Colorado!!! Two big Libs gone!!! And not a shot fired!!!

Votes can be more effective than bullets!!!
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Careful there -- you'll have her wanting to ban elections.
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Never underestimate the opposition. Strange things happen in politics and the Dems are spending a lot of money and time working to break the GOP hold on Texas. My advise is to fight for our principles as if we are behind. Take nothing for granted. Assume nothing. Fight like our lives, fortunes and sacred honor depend on victory.
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Democrats have a lot of trouble nominating a moderate because the party is dominated by Leftist special-interest groups.
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According FBI stats there were 699 gun homicides in Texas in 2011. According to the Tx Dept of State Health Services there were 72,470 abortions in Texas in 2011. And Wendy Davis wants to crack down on guns?!?!?!
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Two thoughts here from a transplant to Texas:

First - The press did a crappy job covering the aftermath of her filibuster. They only meet every other year here, and all she did was force a special session, where histrionics were controlled and her little cause died like a criminal with lethal injection. Not even a whimper. They breezed over the fact that over 75% of Texans wanted that bill.

Second, I've seen nothing like bare-knuckled Texas gubernatorial politics. There are no gloves here. In the only debate I heard last election, Perry swept the feet right from under "one tough grandma" by pointing out her one big issue was moot. Stuffed Kinky Freidman into the corner to jabber his slogans like a pull string doll and countered the democrat by being able to talk normally instead of in DNC talking points.

Between guns and abortion, she's going to get clobbered.
45 weeks ago
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Can't you see? Texas ain't "big" enough for her. She's stealing a page from former KS guv Kathleen Sibelius. She's using the gubernatorial campaign to make (more) national political hay to audition for an Obamaland cabinet position. She's just using the TX Democratic party as her PR horsey.
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Let me qualify what I said about bare knuckles.

She's going to use the code word "womens health" since there are a lot of clinics closing here. Someone will ask her how getting a sharp instrument shoved in your hey-nanny-nanny is healthy.

Not in those words, but she'll use DNC codewords like the last fool, and she'll get called out to qualify them just like the last guy.
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The Dems are counting on racial solidarity to gain power. Republicans still have time to win over Hispanics on issues liike jobs, gun rights and abortion.
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We can only hope that she's given the nod. It would be really interesting to know just how well a baby-killing,gun-grabbing, Leftist does in Texas.
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Wendy Davis? That name seems familiar. Isn't she the satanic baby killer girl?
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I won't mind wrapping Davis around the National Dems neck and letting them hang. Seriously - how do you think a rally for Abortion/Anti-Gun Barbie is going to go over in any part of rural Texas? And imagine the wonderful visuals of her being protested by Churches praying for her soul, backed up by hunters and sportsmen.
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