Article 10 of the 1857 Mexican Constitution gave citizens the right to keep and bear arms, both in their homes and in public for their security and defense.
This right helped the Mexican people overthrow dictator Porfirio Díaz who trampled the 1824 Constitution over a 34-year reign of oppression.
Subsequent to the 10-year bloody Mexican Revolution of 1910, Article 10 of the 1917 Constitution placed strict limits on private gun ownership and those restrictions remain in effect to this day.
Leading up to and during the American Civil War, all citizens had the protected right to keep and bear arms. During the Reconstruction era, southerners – Democrats – were disarmed of handguns. Texans were among the last of the former CSA to regain the right to carry handguns.
“Black Codes” were laws passed across the south to prevent freedmen from possessing guns. The carryover of these laws disarmed all Texans, regardless of skin color.
Over 125 years, Texans were prohibited from carrying handguns. Yes, long guns were never outlawed and we at my high school often had long guns in our vehicles on school property, lawfully. No, there were no mass shootings in schools.
In 1995, the Texas Legislature passed the Concealed Handgun law, and my wife and I were among the first residents in this state to become licensed.
Mexico continues to severely restrict private ownership of firearms. As you know from news reports, there are no restrictions on firearms for criminals.
Murder in Mexico is so common as to hardly rouse the interest of governing authorities, other than to impose ever more restrictions on law-abiding citizens.
Mexican news outlet Milenio counted 2,249 murders nationwide in June, the highest monthly total since it began keeping its own tally in 2007 and the first time its numbers have ever surpassed 2,000 for a given month.Stratford Worldview 7/11/2019
Irony. The Mexican government expressed outrage against the U.S. government over the mass shooting of Mexican citizens in El Paso. Meanwhile, more American citizens are murdered each year in Mexico than the sum of all Americans murdered in all other countries of the world.
The above serves to forecast a picture of future gun violence in Texas after Congress yields to Democrats demands for strict gun control laws.
Yes, the federal government may impose draconian gun control laws on us but, as we know, MS-13, criminals, and the drug cartels don’t obey laws.
Subsequent to new gun control laws expect a sharp increase in violent crimes, including murders.
A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Nothing in the U.S. Constitution empowers the federal government to impose any law whatsoever that restricts private firearm ownership. In fact, a reading of the 2nd Amendment says, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The 10th Amendment clearly reserves all powers not enumerated in the U.S. Constitution as limits to federal government to the states.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Gun-control advocates often point to Australia, New Zealand and England as good examples. Let’s keep in mind a simple fact: those three island countries have no borders with Mexico.
Gun violence in the US is often talked about as if it’s a single problem. But it’s really at least four different ones: suicides, urban gun violence, domestic violence, and mass shootings. Suicides are the majority of the nearly 40,000 gun deaths in the US in 2017. But urban violence is the second biggest category, making up a majority of the 14,000 gun homicides that same year.Vox 7/12/2019| How to dramatically reduce gun violence in American cities
Yes, Texas has the authority to limit firearms. No, the federal government does not have this authority.
Communicate with your two U.S. Senators and your respective U.S. Representative. Educate them. Tell them to leave all gun-control in the hands of our state government.
Texas Senator John Cornyn https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact
Texas Senator Ted Cruz https://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=email_senator
Find Your Representative by Zip Code https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative