Texas Says Yes To Guns but No To Health Care

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At least three people were shot in a shooting at Lone Star College in north Houston, Texas some time before 12:30 PM. Witnesses on the scene say the shooting may have escalated after a heated argument, possibly over a bad grade. At least two victims were caught in the crossfire and suffered “multiple gun shot wounds,” KTRK reports, and are in serious condition. They were brought into surgery at Ben Taub General Hospital. One of the victims — who was shot in the leg — is a school employee. The other, a younger student, was found on the ground unconscious, with his eyes closed.

…reminded me of an email a friend sent me with a poster attached containing the words you see in the illustration above. I’d give credit to the author of those words but there was none mentioned.

Texas has some of the most lax gun laws around and they’ve been making a lot of noise bitching about President Obama’s suggestion that gun control laws be tightened in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings. Texas’ pea-brained governor, Rick Perry, believes that the fix to gun violence lies not in tighter gun laws but instead in more prayer.

“As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children.”

Yeah, that’s it. Pray for the nation’s children while you make it easier for any kook to obtain semi-automatic weapons without as much as a background check. And while you’re at it, let bullshit politicians like Marco Rubio parade about uttering their NRA-endorsed crap.

“President Obama is targeting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens instead of seriously addressing the real underlying causes of such violence.”

When you have nothing else, lies and fear will have to suffice. Blaming gun violence on video games and movies is not going to make a dent in the number of people killed each year by gunfire. Only 52 people in Canada were killed by gunfire in 2011; Japan had 48 and Great Britain had 8. In the same year, there were just under 11,000 people killed in the United States by gunshots and yet Canada, Japan and Great Britain have the exact same violent video games and movies available to their population as does the U.S. Might not the reason for the high death rate by guns in the U.S. be that it has the laxest gun laws in the industrialized world while Canada, Japan and the U.K. have some of the strictest?

And while Rick Perry works on making guns easily available for all, he’s refusing to implement parts of ObamaCare that would make health care more affordable for all of his state’s citizens – 25 percent of which have no health insurance.

In a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Perry said he will not implement an health insurance exchange. Also, he will not expand Medicaid to cover families earning below 133% of the Federal poverty level. That leaves an estimated 1.5 million Texans eligible for expanded Medicaid coverage without healthcare and leaving an estimated $13 billion in Federal funds to be distributed to other states.)

Perry wrote, “I will not be party to socializing healthcare and bankrupting my state in direct contradiction to our Constitution and our founding principles of limited government.

Which state has the worst healthcare in the country? According to a study by the US Department of Health and Human Services, it’s…Texas. Surprise!

Guns, yes. Health care, no. And that, my friends, is how you take care of the citizens of your state.
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12 thoughts on “Texas Says Yes To Guns but No To Health Care

  1. Guess he doesn’t realize when an uninsured person is shot and hospitalized it falls back on taxpayers….I don’t ever expect much of Rick Perry.

  2. The way I look at, if you need an assault weapon for self protection, you probably won’t survive anyway. You would not hunt with one, or you would come home with hamburger laced with lead. If you are not infavor of background checks you probaby could not pass one.
    I want my grand children to be able to go to school without a pistol packing mama to guard them.

  3. It used to be when two people had issues with each other, the worst they could do was settle it with their fists. A bloody nose, a split lip and it was over.

    Today, even the smallest indiscretion seems to ignite enough rage that the first thing people reach for is their gun – with dire consequences.

    Ban ‘em I say and let the gun totting b@st@rds fight it out in the boxing ring. At least they’ll live to see another day.

  4. OOOOOPPPPPSSS ! Perry did it again. He doesn’t understand that Sebelius will come in and create the health exchange and bring down insurance rates as well as insure those families that comply to federal rules. He will look so silly that citizens will wake up to the reality that Republican policies are for the rich and Democrats are for the poor and middle class. Minorities are growing in the state of Texas and Republicans will soon become obsolete.

    He will also see the Democratic election machine coming soon in the neighborhood with millions of advertising on gun control. Cutter,Massina and Axelrod will bombard the people and get them excited about gun control especially what happened at North Houston College. Again OOOPPPPSSS will discover that he will be out of a job very soon.

    Those with no vision deserve to be replaced and Republicans still don’t know what is going to hit them.

  5. @ John Liming:

    Don’t paint all Texans with the same brush. Austin and Houston (and I believe Dallas) went Obama again. It’s the rural areas that are die-hard RW’ers.

    Houston had a great mayor, Bill White, that served two terms – and then went on to challenge Rick Perry for Governor last time. Perry refused to debate him (now I know why, once I saw his performance at the Repug primary debates). Yet, the rural areas put the nitwit back into office.

    While Texas burned 2 years ago, Perry had a prayer-thon in Houston to “fix it”. Needless to say, Texas continued to burn.

    Yes, the goofballs still out-number the rationals here. However, the Hispanic population is growing. I am thinking we might be a nice violet in a few years.

  6. Dear Cheryl:

    You are right in saying, “Do not paint all Texans with the same brush stroke.”

    But I have read where Austin has actually considered secession – – – is that true?

    Owing to your description of some of the rural areas, I can sympathize completely with Austin if that is the case.

    I have been to Texas and I loved my time there.

    Best Mexican Food anywhere in the U.S.

    And I dearly love Mexican Food when it is done right.

  7. Andrew Cuomo is a million times better than Rick Perry. Does Perry remember what third department he wanted abolished? Ummm,ummmm.

  8. antonio lópez de santa anna come for the guns in texas and we know how that played out !
    if texas heath care is so bad why are all the damn yankees moving here????

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