AUSTIN, Texas - June 22 - The following was released today by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence regarding Texas Republicans' opposition to the Brady Law:
There are a million stories in the Texas Republican party platform completed last week: Hatred of gays, opposition to a minimum wage, opposition to the endangered species act, establishment of Christianity as a national religion.
And opposition to the Brady Law. The platform calls for the abolishment of background checks on firearm purchases mandated by the Brady Law, which has prevented some million and a half criminals from purchasing guns.
The language appears under the heading Promoting Individual Freedom and Personal Safety. "The Party calls on the Legislature and the Congress to repeal the 'Brady Law' and all other laws under their jurisdiction that infringe on the right to bear arms and to reject any monitoring of gun ownership, excessive taxation or regulation of making and selling of guns and ammunition." It can be found on Page P21 of the state party platform, which can be accessed at http://www.texasgop.org.
What must mainstream Republicans think of their party's platform, a platform so very far from mainstream Texans, whether they are Republicans, Democrats, or Independents?
"Call me a conservative, but I believe we should not only bar felons from buying guns -- we should actually check to see if they're felons," said Marsha McCartney, a Dallas resident who is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "I feel sorry for all my Republican friends who have to deal with the embarrassment of being associated with the Neanderthal views the state Republicans have announced the party stands for. It's like a bad cartoon."