smoothoperator wrote: SA-TX wrote:
tarkus wrote:Based on recent legislative sessions, it looks like they're not as gun friendly as legislators in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma...
Only judged by bills passed, perhaps, but believe most members are pro-2A. The problem is that few reach final votes. Those pro-2A bills that do pass. A few, powerful, members & others dominate issues (redistricting, budget deficits, voter ID) have consumed the precious time available in recent sessions (which only happen every 2 years).
Results ARE what ultimately matters but I think judging the membership as a whole only by this criteria might not take into account all relevant factors which normal members do not control.
They have time to pass resolutions wishing individuals happy anniversary and happy birthday, so lack of time doesn't pass the sniff test. If a bill was important to the party controlling the house, senate and executive branch, it would pass. I voted accordingly.
Just my opinion, but I'd say those are pro-forma items passed by voice votes as committees are meeting. They don't take time away from debating more important bills.
"The party controlling ..." and the membership at large are two different things. If you put aside the institutional processes -- that I maintain is the primary blocker to progress -- what pro-gun legislation has been defeated by member votes? None that I'm aware of.
I agree with you that when something is a high enough priority our Legislature gets it done, meaning major pro-gun changes haven't reached that level consistently. What I'm addressing is that the average member doesn't get to make those decisions. They are controlled by a very small group whose views may not be representative of the membership at large. Take an extreme example: do you think the Speaker or Lt. Gov. could kill a bill even if it had substantial support? I do. In other words, the leaders decide that the bodies vote on and the # of pro-gun bills sent to the floor can be attributed to their decisions not to the members being insufficiently pro-gun.