I thought I heard a faint sound coming from the west this morning as I was letting the chickens out of their coop. It sounded like a million voices rising up and yelling “Come and take it,” and now I know why. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke is running to be the next governor of Texas, and he’s still vowing to ban and confiscate the legally-owned and lawfully purchased AR-15s in the hands of Texas gun owners.
In theory Abbott’s longevity could work against him in an environment where voters are deeply unhappy with the status quo, but the 2022 elections will also be a referendum on Democrats in D.C. and the Biden administration, and I have a feeling that Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke isn’t going to be riding a blue wave next November. Then there’s the fact that, as the Texas Tribune points out, O’Rourke is already unpopular with Texas voters, who’ve had plenty of chances to get to know him better over the past few years, and O’Rourke’s decision to double down on his gun banning ways won’t do him any favors with an electorate that has bought an awful lot of them in the past 20 months or so.
Which is not to say that Texans concerned about their 2A rights should be complacent. O’Rourke came close enough to beating Ted Cruz in 2018, and Abbott’s popularity has declined enough that Democrats will likely focus a lot of time and energy on boosting Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke’s chances next year. Gun owners need to get engaged, become involved, and most of all VOTE next November to ensure that O’Rourke’s dreams of enacting gun confiscation don’t come to fruition.