In the Lone Star State, I am sorry to say, Dems always come up short on the gun debate. It is not our strong suit. Heck, we don’t even spend that much time addressing it in our state platform. AP reporter Jay Root had a piece this past weekend on guns and the race for governor. Here’s part of it:
“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 world. We’re in Texas,’ said Southern Methodist University political scientist Cal Jillson.”
"’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.”
“He(White) has a shotgun and a 9mm pistol, opposes any new laws on firearms and says he’d like to sign up someday for a concealed weapons permit.”
And: “White, who says he owns two guns but has only hunted once in the last 10 years, complained that he hasn’t yet been able to find the 10 hours he needs to train for a concealed weapons permit. He doesn’t need one to take his Springfield 9 mm to the shooting range — or, as far as he’s concerned, to be elected governor.”
And: “’I haven’t had anybody tell me they only vote for permit holders,’ White said.”
Lone Star State Dems have always been uncomfortable taking on this issue. We’ve let the NRA types set the agenda on this issue. Until we get the courage to get serious and stand for something, we will always be playing defense when it comes to gun issues.
The ‘Stros start a ten game road trip tonight in Colorado that will also take them to New Yankee Stadium this weekend and KC next week. The last no-no thrown by the ‘Stros was in Old Yankee Stadium in 2003 when we used six pitchers. Who were they?
Bonus: Who was the catcher and what was the score?
This is not what local countywide Dem candidates wanted to see from the Chron’s E-Board today: “Playing politics can cut both ways. Houston and Harris County went for Obama two years ago, in the process boosting Democrats to victory in countywide races for the first time in more than a decade. If NASA’s Texas workforce continues to get the cold shoulder, the president’s party may get some payback at the polls come November.”
Roy O, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel, and Billy Wagner of course in an 8-0 no-hit win with Brad Ausmus behind the plate. Commentary was there.
We just won 5 of 7 at home including 2 of 3 from the Cubbies. That is what happens when The Big Puma and Hunter Pence start hitting and Numero 45 comes through with some key RBIs. I’m not going to get too excited but it looks like the Bret Myers signing was a good one if you ask me.