A group of Second Amendment supporters, some armed, showed up to meet Dem legislators who had requested for the meeting but unceremoniously failed to show up. The meeting was supposed to take place at GOP Rep. Stephen Barrar’s office in Concord Township, Delaware County, in the state of Pennsylvania.
“I’m disappointed they didn’t make it,” Rep. Barrar said. “I wanted them to hear gun owners’ opinions on the Second Amendment. The other side didn’t show up. I guess they didn’t want a debate.”
The GOP representative is retiring, and several staunchly anti-gun democrats are eyeing his seat. The two Democrats, whom the rep did not mention, Anton Andrew and Cathy Spahr, had requested for the meeting with the 2A supporters but failed to show up. The Republican legislator reminded the gun rights supporters that they had to remain strong in the fight for their rights to bear arms.
“We need an army to stand up against them,” Rep. Barrar said. “I can’t do it, and Harrisburg won’t.”
The group’s organizer, Leah Hoopes, said she expected to encounter various anti-gun groups such as Delaware County United for Sensible Gun Policy and Gun Sense during the meeting. She confirmed their support for Rep. Barrar’s opposition to the red flag laws. Rep. Barrar reaffirmed his position by saying the “red flag” laws were unconstitutional.
“They take away rights from people who haven’t committed a crime,” he said.
Dan McMonigle, a member of the board of directors for the Firearms Owners Against Crime, castigated Republicans who were in support of the “red flag” laws such as Sen. Tom Killion.
“We hope he changes his mind, but we don’t think he will,” the FOAC director said. “The moms from Moms Demand Action support him, but the dads have given up on him.”
Sen. Tom Killion, R-9 of Middletown, and his Democratic counterpart, Sen. Tim Kearney, D-26 of Swarthmore, had sponsored the “red flag” bill. The laws would allow people’s firearms removal on mere suspicions of the individuals being a security risk. If a Democrat takes over from Rep. Barrar, gun owners will have more reasons to worry.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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