With great disappointment the Democratic Senators of the Texas Legislature stopped our quest to nullify federal laws that infringe upon our second amendment rights through a filibuster of all firearms bills left unsettled.
Feeling that we were all very much barred full representation through the filibuster I felt the need to do whatever I could to begin a correction to such actions. I decided that first I would write to Governor Perry and added Attorney General Greg Abbott on the list.
My letter is below. It is my hope that all who read this post and the letter will see that unless we all begin speaking up and letting all elected officials know just exactly what We The People expect from them as our representatives they will continue to work without their constituents desires in mind.
May 28, 2013
Governor Rick Perry
Re: Texas House and Senate Procedure/Order of Business
Dear Governor Perry,
I write today because during the 83rd Legislative season I become much more involved in the daily business of the House and Senate. Of course I did so in defense of the assault of our 2nd Amendment Rights by the United States government after the Sandy Hook shooting. As every American I watched the news casts in pure horror over the deeds of Adam Lanza. Having a child of my own my heart was aching for the parents and families of those lost on that awful day. From this point on you know the story of what took place.
Once Washington DC got rolling on the assault of our 2nd Amendment Rights I knew it was time for me to stop just rolling my eye’s, shaking my head and just moving on with life. It was time for me to get involved. I came to the Capital to speak for one of the bills entitled 2nd Amendment Preservation Act which would have nullified any of the assaults of our 2nd Amendment Rights that Washington DC could pass. Governor the day that I came to speak in support of that bill was a total disappointment to me. I was the first person called after the author of the bill and other distinguished folks said their piece. Upon completion of my little speech I sat for the remainder of the hearing and watched. I was not a happy camper with what I was seeing but I remained in hopes of finding out if the committee was going to vote on the bills before calling it a night. They didn’t.
Next up those in charge of the House Calendar refused to put the firearms bills on the House Calendar. We bombarded them with faxes and phone calls and they finally made it onto the Calendar. Then I watched as the House went through the readings and those opposed stood to try to kill the bill. So they pass the House and off to the Senate they go. I watched daily waiting for the firearms bills to show up on the Senate Calendar. They made it to the Calendar. In the end our stand to tell the Federal Government they have violated the United States Constitution and Texas nullifies your unconstitutional laws failed because those opposed to the bills filibustered them.
I can appreciate how things work within the legislature but I know that when it comes to anything that will change the United States Constitution, whether adding to, changing or taking away some part of it has to be ratified by We The People going to the polls and voting on them. My question to you Sir is: How can the Texas Legislature simply filibuster and kill a bill that has everything to do with the 2nd Amendment Rights without at the very least allowing a complete and full House and Senate vote. I hope and pray that you understand and can see that with those kind of bills – the one’s that speak directly to our guaranteed rights should be handled exactly as any change that is made to the Constitution itself.
Not to mention Sir that when the Senate filibustered the bills they in effect denied every citizen of the State of Texas full representation.
I ask you Sir, if there is anything that can be done to see that these kinds of bills are treated as they should be and that all Texas citizens are fully represented please see that it is done.
If I may ask one more thing of you – please let me know if the order of business in the legislature can be adjusted to accomplish the possible Constitutional requirements.
I thank you very much for your service.