Gov. Abbott Plays Trump-Style Politics on Background Checks (January 4, 2016)

Dallas, TX - More than 30,000 lives are taken by guns each year, but despite the staggering statistics and despite countless mass shootings, Congress has failed to act. Tomorrow will mark a new day in American history - President Obama is set to issue an executive order that will expand background checks and curb gun violence by keeping guns out of the wrong hands.  

Governor Abbott’s response to President Obama to “come and take it” clearly misrepresents the action taken by the President. President Obama’s executive order protects our community while also protecting our second amendment rights. Abbott is playing Trump-style politics and does not reflect the demands of the American people, who have consistently asked our leaders to do more.

Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Carol Donovan issued the following statement:

“According to every public opinion poll, the majority of gun owners and the majority of Texans support background checks for gun purchases, so who does Governor Greg Abbott really represent when he resists expanding background checks?”