An armed man in San Antonio named Ralph Pulliam sent Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton around “one hundred” email pages full of threats to Hispanics, including the threat to shoot Hispanics down in a “bloodbath.” The Attorney General is the state’s top law-enforcement officer. In response to these hateful emails promising murder, Attorney General Ken Paxton did exactly nothing. It gets worse. Local police did know of Pulliam, but did not have sufficient information to arrest him: Though Paxton’s office reportedly did not communicate the threat to local officials, police did frequently visit his house on 911 tips. At no point was he arrested or stripped of his firearms, because local authorities — who weren’t aware of the threatening messages — did not have any evidence he had committed a crime. In the wake of the report, police are now trying to build a case against him. Local police knew of Pulliam due of anonymous tips, but because A.G. Paxton did not communicate the actual threats, law enforcement could not act upon the vague 911 calls. In short, the A.G.’s failure to pick up the phone kept the man on the streets, a hand grenade waiting to go off. Now, the situation is garnering the notice it deserved, and a local politician is demanding answers: “These messages are clearly threats of deadly force against San Antonians based solely on the color of their skin,” wrote state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer in a complaint to Paxton demanding a meeting. “It is deeply alarming to me that despite the large volume and explicit nature of the messages from Mr. Pulliam, the Office of Attorney General has taken so long to cooperate with local law enforcement.” Texas, being its own worst enemy in this situation, does not have “red flag laws” which allow the removal of firearms (temporarily) from someone who has exhibited potentially unstable mental health or behavior constituting a threat. In case you wondered about Attorney General Paxton’s background in politics, it is just as one might expect of a Trump-supporting Texas Republican who ignores threats to kill Hispanics. Paxton, an extreme right-wing official who is under indictment for securities fraud and is leading the multi-state lawsuit to strike down Obamacare in full, has made his stance against gun control clear, suggesting at a GOP convention that merely talking about gun laws means “more people are gonna die.” Sounds to me like this guy is fine with “more people dying,” so long as he is in charge of who dies. Here is where many Republicans will tell you that Donald Trump is not complicit with respect to the rise in homegrown terrorists like Pulliam. Trump – in one of his first acts in office – stopped the immigration of people from eight countries, in theory, because these nations posed an increase terrorist threat to Americans. Americans could die at their hands. Meanwhile, Trump himself is stoking homegrown terrorism. In Trump’s America, and apparently in Paxton’s America, it is only terrorism if white people are killed by a brown-skinned Muslim. If a white Christian guns down Hispanics, he is a mentally-ill person who played too many video games. Doubt me? Ask yourself, would Attorney General Paxton ignore emails sent by a Muslim man threatening to kill “Baptist Infidels in Dallas” in “bloodshed,” signed […]
Meghan McCain made an unceremonious return to The View by declaring that gun owners would “resort to violence” if their gun rights were to be restricted (nothing like “good guys with guns, huh?). This is terrifying, brought to us by RawStory from The View: “The AR-15 is by far the most popular gun in America, by far,” McCain told her co-hosts. “I was just in middle-of-nowhere Wyoming, (and) if you’re talking about taking people’s guns from them, there’s going to be a lot of violence.” Ironically, the type of people who resort to violence if angry about the law are precisely the same people who should not own firearms. What happened to needing a gun to protect one’s family? I guess they believe guns may properly used to protect one’s own view of what the law should be. I was not the only one who saw the insane juxtaposition of such a claim: So your saying “responsible” law abiding gun owners would turn to violence and disobey a law??? — Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) September 4, 2019 Yes, that appears to be exactly what she is saying. So, a “good guy with a gun” is only a “good guy” so long as he’s happy with the laws. There is a word for that type of guy, but it’s escaping me … criminal seems to be close. Were that our only problem. McCain’s husband, some nut named Ben Domenech, also believes he sits above both Congress and the Supreme Court, in determining the exact meaning of the Bill of Rights, especially the rights imbued by the Second Amendment. “Yes, you fake conservative dipsh*t, people tend to fight back when you disrespect the Bill of Rights and try to illegally take their guns,” Domenech tweeted. “The Black Panthers did it in California when Reagan tried. We would do it too.” See? Even if Congress passed a law, even if the president signed the law, and even if the Supreme Court upheld the law, Meghan McCain’s non-fake, non-dipshit, husband has already determined it would, regardless, be “illegal” and he would be within his rights to fight using those same guns. I have no idea what the Black Panthers have to do with anything, other to invoke black people in a struggle. On this, be clear. When it comes to guns, these people do not believe any law could apply to them. They will not recognize the law, no matter how valid. They have given unto themselves their own “right” and will not be giving it up to any government. With respect to guns, they are above the government, above the very idea of democracy. This is the end-result of a gun industry campaign to equate guns to “freedom.” These people will shoot, and kill – according to McCain and husband – if “we the people” determine we want the laws changed. There is a word for people who invoke terror in the name of their personal belief, threatening violence against those who disagree. We call them terrorists. And make no mistake, these terrorists base their beliefs in large part because of their race. How long do you think a group of young black men would last “open carrying” their AR-15s to a “Black Power” rally. How long do you think the Meghan McCain’s of the world […]
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