Lt. Governor Patrick on President Obama’s Gun Control Announcement


AUSTIN – Today’s presidential announcement on increasing gun control is simply political posturing and more propaganda. President Obama’s rhetoric demonstrates that he has no interest in protecting our Second Amendment right. He is simply out of step with mainstream America and certainly out of step with the majority of Texans.

This is the latest example of the president’s offensive executive overreach and unconstitutional use of executive action to try and do another end run around Congress.

The president may not personally like it, but we have the constitutional right to protect ourselves, our families and our businesses. If the president’s goal is to sincerely help protect Americans he should make it easier to legally purchase, train and use their weapons of choice for protection than trot out phony new regulations to stand in their way.

I will continue to fight as I have as senator and lieutenant governor to defend the very freedom that makes our country and our state, the envy of the world. Obama’s proposed actions will slow and hinder the ability of law-abiding citizens to lawfully purchase a firearm, thus impeding their Second Amendment right. My legislative agenda has always been and will always be to fight against those who want to take our Second Amendment right away.