Why I Won’t Go to Texas
May 25, 2022
Unless you already live in a red state, walking down the street in Austin is a culture shock. I visited the Texas capital twice in 2018 on pre-planned trips and I have not returned since. For a California resident like me, seeing signs posted in store front windows to keep people from entering with guns immediately made me feel unsafe.
Why should a doughnut shop owner have to worry about armed customers coming into the store to buy a voodoo dozen? Are supply chain issues so bad that we’ve been reduced to armed conflict to get our fix of coconut creme? Do we need a long gun to buy a long John? Of course not. But the very idea that I will have to deal with armed vigilantes strolling the streets of Texas is enough to make me say, “no thank you.” I will not be traveling to Texas, or any open-carry state, anytime, ever.
Gun enthusiasts want you to believe they need to carry guns 24/7 and have pushed Texas politicians to pass laws increasing access to guns despite the rising violence. The school shooting in Uvalde is simply the latest tragedy in the on-going insanity over the second amendment. Right on cue, the GOP has shifted the narrative to mental health, what-aboutism and freedom!
I’ve heard the debates, the statistics and the excuses. The gaslighting, denial and hypocrisy is so transparent, I wonder why politicians even bother. They just close the door, turn off the lights and wait for the next crisis to pull our attention away from the issue.
It’s pointless to try to reason with politicians who can stand their ground, mass-shooting after mass-shooting, while their constituents plead with them to stop the carnage. Seemingly out of spite, they turn around and make the problem worse. It’s a form of belligerence. A single-minded determination to prove they are right and we should doubt the evidence of our eyes.
If Republicans haven’t been swayed by now, they never will. Remember, it wasn’t that long ago these same politicians were happy locking children in cages.
The only solution is to elect people who will change the laws. Any country willing to elect Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis deserves the country they get. The problem is, they are dragging the rest of us down with them.
But, while I have the solution, I have no idea how to make it happen. It would be wonderful to have a time machine to go back to the founding fathers and re-write the Constitution to include term limits, campaign finance reform, voting rights, and universal healthcare. I’d love to have a good long talk with George, John, Tom and Ben about the damage done to this country by the electoral college, the second amendment and slavery. But it’s never gonna happen. Just like the current GOP is never gonna change.