Wendy Davis: Hey, I also support open carry of guns

posted at 8:21 pm on February 6, 2014 by Allahpundit

We need something light-hearted and fun for a palate cleanser, so here you go. Imagine the coastal liberals who’ve donated to her quixotic campaign for governor opening up their browsers this morning and finding this.

Interesting test here for lefties: How much goodwill has Davis’s celebrated filibuster bought her with the base? Lurching rightward on guns to keep up with Greg Abbott would normally be a mortal sin, but (a) Democrats have no choice but to cut her lots of slack to compete in a state as red as Texas and (b) being an outspoken abortion warrior is so talismanic a liberal credential that they can forgive her virtually anything, I think. Even … this?

Davis has said she supports expanding gun rights in Texas. In a statement to The Associated Press, she said that includes open-carry — a position that puts her at odds with her own party but could keep her from alienating gun rights advocates in a deeply conservative state where the Second Amendment is sacrosanct…

“There is little or no public safety justification for open carry,” said Emmanuel Garcia, spokesman for the Texas Democratic Party.

Kellye Burke, who leads the Texas Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, also opposes Davis’ position. She said the open carry of firearms, whether rifles or pistols, “is meant to be a sign of intimidation. It’s not about protection.”…

Still, gun rights advocates were skeptical. Texas State Rifle Association spokeswoman Alice Tripp noted Davis’ previous calls for more restrictions on gun show sales and past votes against allowing concealed license holders to carry their guns in classrooms and buildings on college campuses.

In other words, she’s in the same position as Obama was in 2008 when he swore up and down that he was opposed to gay marriage. No one from the opposing party believed him because, as an ivory-tower liberal on so many other matters, it was ludicrous to think O was some sort of outlier on this one particular hot-button. His own party didn’t believe him either for the same reason, but they were willing to look the other way in the name of helping him win the election. A pander to independents skittish about same-sex marriage was what was needed, and so the pander was tolerated. And sure enough, once he was safely elected and the political winds had shifted enough to make it safe to reveal his true position, Obama “evolved.” Same here with Davis. Literally no one on either side takes her support for open carry seriously (she does own a gun but has an F rating from the NRA and has said she’d sign a bill to close the “gun-show loophole”), but lefties will probably go along with it in the name of keeping the race competitive. I say “probably” because there are X factors that distinguish her campaign from Obama’s: The stakes are lower, her chances of winning are way, way less than his were, and she’s already done little things, like purge her website of references to the glory of “choice,” that might have already irritated them. I think the upshot is that lefties will hang around so long as she’s semi-competitive with Abbott, but at the first sign that he’s pulling away, they’ll jump ship. If she was fighting the progressive fight all the way, no matter how doomed that would make her in Texas, they might have stuck with her to the end. Not when she’s pretending to be Yosemite Sam or whatever, though.

You know what the real surprise is here? She’s actually trying to win. All along I thought she was running to capitalize on the media attention she got for her abortion filibuster. Run hard, be a loud-and-proud liberal, and then when you lose go to work for some abortion rights’ group and assume your place as a new MSNBC contributor. Instead she’s running as a “pro-life” gun nut. I’m tempted to say this’ll make for an awkward debut on MSNBC, but we both know they’ll be careful not to ask her about it.

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Oldnuke on February 6, 2014 at 9:41 PM
Lost my post due to refresh. I knew better and usually type out comments in word and cut/paste. So, sorry if I some how get a double post. My bad. Chuckle.

Don’t think our side does not like “guns”, I prefer the term small arms, and does not carry cancelled.

For instance my can adapter for my M.I.M.S. suppressor just came for my Mac 11. As you most likely know, a Mac 11 is chambered for .380 and I could only find cans for 9mm that would work with my Mac 11 (made by RPB industries if my memory is correct). Hated to, but I had to use an adapter to step down from 9mm to .380.

NRA life member and daily poster on “The Sig Forum”. Good way to keep up with you guys. Two oldest adult kids choose my 220 and 228 to carry, so I now carry either a 226 or 229. Been collecting Class III since the ’70s.

Don’t for a second think we are all like nonpartisan or libby!

HonestLib on February 8, 2014 at 7:47 AM

“Hey, I also support open carry of guns… just in case I need to shoot a fetus.”

Akzed on February 8, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Welcome back Bleeds Blue

Murphy9 on February 8, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Either she is just a big liar on this or she wants everyone to be able to defend themselves except students.

Dollayo on February 9, 2014 at 8:32 AM

If killing babies is your aim, guns are faster than scissors or suffocation.

ezspirit on February 9, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Windbag’s “Is this where ah get me a huntin’ lahcense?” moment.

Her PR people probably tell her : You have to say something to pander to those racist bible-thumpin’, gun-totin’, right-wing EVANgelicals !! Just pretend you are pro 2A, works every time!

cableguy615 on February 9, 2014 at 3:42 PM


That woman just looks dead behind the eyes. It’s creepy!

bitsy on February 9, 2014 at 3:55 PM

This is an outright lie. Davis does not support your gun rights. If she did, and favored open carry, then why didn’t she introduce that during one of her 3 sessions in the state senate. Not only did she not introduce that, she didn’t indroduce any bill of any kind supporting your gun rights. She is a liar who is trying to deceive gun owners.

sharpshooter on February 10, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Abortion Barbie plays the pander card. Sorry, no sale.

Farnsworth on February 11, 2014 at 9:17 AM