In the wake of all of the new gun control laws at both state and federal levels, Greg Abbott, Texas Attorney General is extending an invite to all gun owners to move to Texas, especially those that live in New York. Andrew Cuomo, the anti-gun Democratic Governor of New York just signed a set of strict gun laws including a ban on all assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Abbott’s response to Cuomo’s actions was to launch a campaign telling New York gun owners to move to Texas. The online ads, appearing in New York City and Albany say:
“Wanted: Law abiding New York gun owners looking for lower taxes and greater opportunities.”
“Is Gov. (Andrew) Cuomo looking to take your guns? Sick of the media outing law-abiding gun owners? Are you a lawful New York gun owner seeking lower taxes?”
If New Yorkers click on the ads, they are taken to a Facebook page that tells them:
“You'll fit right in here in Texas.”
“Keep your guns, come to TX.”
“Here in Texas, you will have the liberty and the opportunity to achieve your dreams. On top of that, we have no income tax, yet still manage to have a multibillion-dollar budget surplus. We have right-to-work laws and a reasonable regulatory environment. Texas has created more than 275,000 jobs in the last year alone! And we'll fight like hell to protect your rights.”
“You'll also get to keep more of what you earn and use some of that extra money to buy more ammo.”
Eric Bearse, campaign spokesman for the Texas ad program, commented about Abbott’s reasons for running the ads:
“In the aftermath of the tragic event in Connecticut, he thinks politicians are wrongly taking advantage of the tragedy to advance a political agenda that tramples on the Constitution”
Abbott is one of the few state attorney generals who have taken proactive actions against unfair and illegal gun laws. Travis County, Texas, which covers the state capitol of Austin and surrounding area, had considered placing a ban on future gun shows at the county facilities. Using his Twitter page, Abbott sent out a message to Travis County officials telling them:
“[Proponents] better be ready for a double-barreled lawsuit.”
Soon after, they decided against the gun show ban.
Even though I don’t live in New York, reading about Greg Abbott almost makes me want to move to Texas. If only more state attorney generals were as proactive as Greg Abbott, Obama would find that all of his strutting and crowing on gun control are just sounds in the wind that mean nothing.