Session after session, some character pretends to be more patriotic than others by promoting a twisted pledge of allegiance to the Second Amendment, a vision that negates the right of all Texans to live in a state where possession of lethal firearms is subject to a process of permitting and training. There’s nothing constitutional about it. Gun owners don’t buy it. In fact, some 80% of Texans thought that we ought to leave the permitting and training process alone.
Few legislators liked the idea, and far fewer wanted it to come to the floor. But leadership insisted, and they got their way. One by one, frightened at the prospect of being branded an opponent of gun rights, Republicans collapsed under the pressure of a Republican primary.
— Sen. Nathan Johnson in The best and worst of the 87th Legislature, from a Democrat