Texas House members show solidarity with threatened Rep. Poncho Nevárez

A day after state Rep. Alfonso “Poncho” Nevárez tried to make light of threats to safety, his colleagues in the Texas House rallied to his side in a demonstration of unity.
State Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, organized the distribution 100 stickers that read “I’m Poncho.” They were worn by all shades of lawmaker, from state Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, to state Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin.

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Though it appeared to be inspired by the “I’m Charlie” movement that sprang up following the attack by jihadists at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Springer said he didn’t consciously get the idea from the tragedy in Paris earlier this month.
Rather, he said he was reacting to a jocular statement by Nevárez who said Tuesday that he was going to give his friends and colleagues in the House signs that read “I’m not Poncho.”
Springer went on to say that he was offended to read Tuesday about threats made to Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, via email and social media for not supporting a constitutional carry bill state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, that would allow handguns — along with rifles and shotguns — to be carried openly at any time without a license. Nevárez became the focus of frustration by gun rights activists who visited the Capitol two weeks ago to push for a constitutional carry measure, which Nevárez said he would oppose. Read a report here about the dust-up between the gun rights folks and the representative.
“We should not let anyone threaten any of us,”  Springer said. If you’re going to come after one of us, you’re going to have to come after all of us.”
Springer said he would support a measure allowing open carry — which differs from constitutional carry in that it would require a license and training to openly carry a handgun. Nevárez, who said that he also might support an open carry bill, said he was moved Springer’s gesture.
“It says a lot about the men and women who serve on this floor,” Nevárez said in an interview in a room adjacent to the chamber.
Nevárez added that he was impressed that his off-the-cuff comment about “I’m not Poncho” signs would turn into such a topic of discussion and show of solidarity in the Texas House.

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jimjop53
jimjop53

And these idiots want to be able to walk around with a gun on their hip. Scary.

melky
melky

i miss preident kennedy

Sarah-Roger
Sarah-Roger

For all of you who think intimidation is the way to go, there is an absolute link between the Senate not pursuing your open carry agenda and your insultingly stupid behavior, both with the rep from El Paso your comments on the radio and here.  You have proven you are not qualified to carry a gun. 

TX5generations
TX5generations

We should all be allowed to carry any weapon we choose into the Senate and House galleries.  Further, we should have a "stand your ground" law here.  Putting the two together, we could legally go in the legislative chambers and legally shoot as many pols as we chose -- for it's a long know fact that "no person nor his property is safe while the Texas legislature is in session.

Baron_of_Greymatter
Baron_of_Greymatter

State Rep. Drew Springer, R-INO 

State Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-INO

Any other so-called Republicans want to out themselves?

cheat-to-win
cheat-to-win

How crazy are the Open Carry Texas nut cases? From your National Rife Association:

"Texas, independent-minded and liberty-loving place that it is, doesn't ban the carrying of loaded long guns in public, nor does it require a permit for this activity. Yet some so-called firearm advocates seem determined to change this. Let's not mince words, not only is it rare, it's downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself. ... the dubious practice of using public displays of firearms as a means to draw attention to oneself or one's cause, it can be downright scary. It makes folks who might normally be perfectly open-minded about firearms feel uncomfortable and question the motives of pro-gun advocates." 

PinkMuse
PinkMuse

This would be truly meaningful if they addressed and passed some legislation that would make it more difficult to get an open carry permit.  Otherwise this is just for show.  Oh, and they need to go after those who are making the threats - file charges and let the courts take care of them.

cheat-to-win
cheat-to-win

Members of Open Carry Texas proved their ignorance by making their veiled threats to a state Senate Democrat. Open carry won't pass with Democratic votes, it will pass with Republican votes. Save the threats for gun-shy Republicans, like suicidal bankrupt Dan Patrick.