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February 10, 2014 - 3:56 pm

The education of Wendy Davis continues. During her time on the Fort Worth city council, Wendy Davis tried to kick gun shows off municipal property. Now that she is running on the Democrat ticket for governor of conservative Texas, Davis has come out claiming to support open carry for gun owners. That puts her farther than where state law currently is, and farther than many in her own party want to go, but it puts her where most Republicans are — if anyone believes Davis’ current positioning.

It’s not very believable, and now there’s evidence that she hasn’t really thought her newfound position on gun rights through. Davis said today that she believes cities and even smaller entities should have a say on the Second Amendment.

The Fort Worth Democrat said that entities including cities should be able to make their own decisions not only on any proposed open-carry law but on the existing law allowing licensed people to carry concealed handguns.

“Obviously in Texas we have a culture that respects the Second Amendment right and privilege of owning and carrying guns — but we also, of course, have respect and understand a the rights and privileges of property owners to make decisions about what’s right for them,” said Davis, who is expected to face Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott in the general-election in the race for governor.

“My position on open carry reflects my respect for both of those principles, and I believe that municipalities, school districts, hospitals, private property owners should be the ones that ultimately have a say as to whether this is right for them and their facilities,” she said.

A reporter, saying that cities cannot preempt the current concealed handgun law, asked whether municipalities should be able to ban open-carry at the city limits.

Davis, pointing to her time as a city official, said, “My position on that is consistent both on open and concealed carry. I do believe that municipalities should be able to make that decision for themselves. I sat on the City Council in Fort Worth when that decision was made for us.

“I believe that local control means local control, and we should respect municipalities’ positions and opinions in these matters and we shouldn’t make the decision for them,” she said.

Then what is the state supposed to do?

Davis’ attempt to go for hyper local control is nonsense. First, concealed or open carry is a matter of state law. Second, the Second Amendment is a constitutional right. It doesn’t end when you cross city or county lines, nor should it. If cities could limit the Second as Davis says, why couldn’t they limit the First?

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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"...respects the Second Amendment right and privilege of owning and carrying guns..."

It's NOT a "privilege", it's a "right". The Second Amendment did not create the right, but protects it from being infringed by government...any government. When Davis conflates the two in the same sentence, she's obviously confused, and does not understand the issues involved. She clearly doesn't have the intellectual capacity to serve in the government of a republic.
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Texas Constitution, Article 1, Bill of Rights
Sec. 23. Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Every citizen shall have the right to keep and bear arms in the lawful defense of himself or the State; but the LEGISLATURE shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms, with a view to prevent crime.
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"Wendy Davis Wants ‘Cities, Schools, Hospitals’ Etc to Decide on Guns"

The Constitution has already decided, and there no longer is a debate.

"We know of no other enumerated constitutional right whose core protection has been subjected to a freestanding 'interest-balancing' approach. The very enumeration of the right takes out of the hands of government - even the Third Branch of Government - the power to decide on a case-by-case basis whether the right is really worth insisting upon. A constitutional guarantee subject to future judges’ assessments of its usefulness is no constitutional guarantee at all. Constitutional rights are enshrined with the scope they were understood to have when the people adopted them, whether or not future legislatures or (yes) even future judges think that scope too broad. . . . [T]he enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table. . . . [The Second Amendment] is the very product of an interest-balancing by the people[.]" - DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA v. HELLER (No. 07-290) 478 F. 3d 370, affirmed.
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Why? Because Constitution.
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"but we also, of course, have respect and understand a the rights and privileges of property owners to make decisions about what’s right for them,” said Davis"

Property owners, yes. I have every right to limit your rights on my property. I can tell you that you cannot carry a gun, speak ill of some politician, or pray on MY property. If you don't like my restrictions, your only remedy is to leave MY property.


But cities are not "property owners". They are government, and therefore have NO authority to infringe on the rights of citizens.

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Wendy Davis is for whatever Wendy Davis thinks will advance her career.

That includes dumping her kids on her Ex when they got inconvenient.
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I don't know about her guns, but she herself tends to go off half-cocked.

It's not that she doesn't have an opinion. She has plenty. She just doesn't know which ones to pull out of her grab bag. The Groucho Marx platform, if you don't like these principles, I have others might land her an appointed position as Secretary of State in the Democratic Party, but it's not likely to carry Texas.

When Sheila Jackson becomes the runner up in loony talk, you've slid past sanity a good long ways.
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Wendy really hasn't read state law on the parameters of Home Rule cities, has she?
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Plus Texas has a fairly strict preemption law in regards to firearms.

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/html/SB00987F.htm

So she is continuing to show her ignorance.
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"...respects the Second Amendment right and privilege of owning and carrying guns..."

It's NOT a "privilege", it's a "right". The Second Amendment did not create the right, but protects it from being infringed by government...any government. When Davis conflates the two in the same sentence, she's obviously confused, and does not understand the issues involved. She clearly doesn't have the intellectual capacity to serve in the government of a republic.
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"When Davis conflates the two in the same sentence, she's obviously confused, and does not understand the issues involved. "

Oh, she doesn't have to be conflating things to be confused. She's never understood the issues.

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