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Op-Ed: Governor Abbott needs to get his priorities straight

Texas governor Greg Abbot is asking the good citizens of his state to pay for a border wall to keep everyone from getting in his state.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. — Photo: © AFP
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. — Photo: © AFP

It seems that not only is Texas now a “Second Amendment sanctuary,” where federal gun restrictions will not be enforced, but the governor is also asking the good citizens of his state to pay for a border wall to keep everyone from getting in his state.

This is probably just as well, seeing as he would rather spend the taxpayers’ money on a wall instead of fixing ERCOT’s crappy electric grid. I mean, really… Which is more reasonable? Having good infrastructure or a wall, lined up with people carrying concealed weapons?

On Wednesday, Governor Greg Abbott signed several bills in a ceremony attended by GOP lawmakers and representatives of the National Rifle Association.

According to, the slew of bills included Senate Bills 19, 20, and 550, along with House Bills 957, 1500, 1927, and 2262. House Bill 1927, referred to as the “constitutional carry” or “permitless carry” bill, was actually signed into law by Abbott on Wednesday, and allows Texans over 21 years old to carry a handgun without a permit or prior training.

  • Senate Bill 19: Creates a prohibition on contracts with companies that discriminate against the firearm and ammunition industry
  • Senate Bill 20: Allows hotel guests to have guns and ammunition in their rooms
  • Senate Bill 550: Permits a person to carry a gun in any type of holster
  • House Bill 957: Exempts suppressors made in Texas from federal regulations
  • House Bill 1500: Makes firearms and ammunition sellers and manufacturers essential businesses
  • House Bill 1927: Allows residents over 21 years old to carry a handgun without a permit
  • House Bill 2622: Creates a “Second Amendment Sanctuary State” in Texas

The activist group, Moms Demand Action, protested the permitless carry bill outside the Governor’s mansion Thursday in Austin.

I just cannot imagine what the streets of Dallas or Laredo are going to be like when gun-totting idiots start opening fire on people they “perceive” as doing something unlawful, like walking their dog in the wrong neighborhood, or God forbid, being the wrong color.

Along with his ill-conceived “ceremony” allowing every Texan old enough to carry a gun being allowed to hide it on their person, Abbott is also choosing this particular time to keep people south of his state’s border from crossing into Texas.

Abbott apparently doesn’t have anyone advising him, or he just doesn’t listen to anyone. But this country is just beginning to stir again, after being locked down because of the coronavirus pandemic.

We have people losing it on airlines, shooting someone because they are asked to wear a mask in a bar, and just plain going on killing sprees for no apparent reason at all.

But someone had better wake up in the Lone Star state. The greater danger to everyone is what no one has control over – the climate. That wall may keep people out – yes. But if you have no electricity and no funds to upgrade your power grid, it won’t matter if you have your gun, will it?

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Karen Graham is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for environmental news. Karen's view of what is happening in our world is colored by her love of history and how the past influences events taking place today. Her belief in man's part in the care of the planet and our environment has led her to focus on the need for action in dealing with climate change. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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