Monday, April 02, 2007

A Not Very Thin Tissue of Lies

James Dark is the Executive Director of the Texas State Rifle Association. I have seen Jim at Friends of NRA banquets, but finally got to meet and talk with him at the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee public hearing on the then proposed Castle Doctrine Bill. Following that very successful public hearing, Jim wrote an editorial for the TSRA website commenting upon the lies and deceit of the Brady Bunch.

By James Dark

British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli once sagely pointed out that there were three types of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. Proof of this wisdom could be easily found in the rhetoric, press releases, and even testimony of the miniscule and ineffective Texas anti-gun movement in their feeble attempts to derail the Texas Castle Doctrine bill.

Derisively calling this self-defense measure “Shoot First,” they rallied on February 12 at the Capitol, attempting to sway legislators away from supporting the bill. They must not have realized that stopping the Castle Doctrine steamroller in Texas in one day with a handful of volunteers would be akin to fending off a charging grizzly with a plastic flyswatter. But you can’t fault them for trying.

The 133–13 thumping in the Texas House was ample evidence that the anti-gun efforts were futile beyond debate. The only point of contention really was what portion of their arguments comprised, respectively, lies, damned lies or statistics...
The editorial goes through the President of the North Texas Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Marsha McCartney's testimony point by point. Jim does a very good job of dismantling the hype with facts.

To read the entire editorial, head on over to the TSRA website.

If you live in Texas, and you own a firearm, consider joining the TSRA. Alice Tripp, James Dark and the rest do a great job of standing in for your gun rights in Austin. To join the TSRA, go here.

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