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Bill White fights his past membership in a New York based anti-gun group….

FILE - In this April 30, 2010 file photo, Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White responds to a reporters question following a news conference in Grand Prairie, Texas. The former Houston mayor heads into the 2010 governor's race playing defense on a powerful political issue. The biggest liability for White is his past membership in a New York-based gun control group. White says he resigned after finding its positions too restrictive, but his participation in Mayors Against Illegal Guns riled up those who live to preserve Texas' pro-gun culture. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Houston Mayor Bill White is running against a Governor that made headlines shooting a coyote once while taking a run…..

In Texas belonging to a anti-gun group is certainly gonna cost you votes…..

As Al Gore….

He was the last Democrat to embrace that policy….

And it hurt him bad in the South and Western states..

So bad that NO….Nationa Democrat has touched the issue since…..

Look at Bill White’s problem with voters on the issue….

You can see why……

But this is Texas, where incumbent Rick Perry recently shot a coyote while out jogging and enjoys hunting deer with a bow and arrow. The love of weaponry is so ingrained in state culture that having a legal permit to carry a handgun will get you waved through the Texas Capitol security lines without going through a magnetometer.

Against that backdrop, the former Houston mayor heads into the 2010 governor’s race playing defense on a powerful political issue. The biggest liability for White is his past membership in a New York-based gun control group. White says he resigned after finding its positions too restrictive, but his participation in Mayors Against Illegal Guns riled up those who live to preserve Texas’ pro-gun culture.

“Anywhere in the civilized world you would be able to make the argument that everybody should be able to be against illegal guns. But we’re not in the civilized word. We’re in Texas,” said Southern Methodist University political scientist Cal Jillson.

White only needs to look a few years back to find candidates who have lost campaigns over the issue. The last Democrat who was elected governor, Ann Richards, lost her re-election bid in 1994 in part after opposing concealed handgun legislation and vetoingreferendum on it.

George W. Bush signed the bill into law in his first year after defeating her to become governor

There is really no such thing as a moderate position on guns that’s going to help in Texas,” said Jim Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin.

As mayor of Houston, White joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that supports individual gun rights, but wants more controls on gun show sales, restrictions on the reach of conceal-and-carry laws and more oversight of federal gun purchase records.

White said he joined the gun-control group in 2006 at the urging of its founder, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. That year, Houston’s crime rate hit a 12-year high…….

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June 6, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Washington D.C. voting rights held hostage by NRA stance on local Gun law……

The people of the nations capital have been trying to get right to vote (The Districts House member, Eleanor Holmes Norton, does not actually have the right to cast a vote in Congress) for a long time……they thought they might get there  with a tack on to the current Defense Spending bill being reconciled by the House and the Senate right now…..But that’s not gonna happen….Why?

It seems that nobody up on the Hill is gonna have the NRA mad at them…..The folks in DC had in place a restrictive gun law for its citizen since 1976…some one sued against it and the issue ended up going to the Supreme Court last year, which ruled that people have right to own arms….but ……”…the justices in the majority “are aware of the problem of handgun violence in this country” and believe the Constitution “leaves the District of Columbia a variety of tools for combating that problem, including some measures regulating handguns.”

So the District still has the ability to regulate gun ownership……something the NRA is against..

The whole issue is toxic…national democrats won’t touch it remembering how the NRA was able to muster votes against Al Gore in key state in his run for president……

So….The District’s right to vote remains held hostage to the NRA……..

October 28, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , | 3 Comments