Never miss a story
Sign up for our free daily morning email...
...and afternoon text update
×
becomeMemberIcon

become a member

(Laura Figi/Austonia)

President Joe Biden is cracking down on gun control laws and as expected, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is unhappy about it.


On Thursday, the president publicly addressed his plans to cease gun violence at the national level, including enforcing tighter restrictions on "ghost guns," or self-assembled firearms that are put together without a serial number or background check. "Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it's an international embarrassment," Biden said during remarks at the White House.

Following through with Biden's election campaign promise to tackle gun control, the Justice Department is also publishing "red flag" legislation that will allow for people to petition a court to temporarily remove guns from people who may be a danger and dedicating $1 billion in funding to community intervention and prevention from gun violence.

Shortly after the president spoke, the Texas governor tweeted that "Biden is threatening our 2nd Amendment rights." Abbott is pushing for legislation that would make the state a "Second Amendment sanctuary state," in which Texas would not enforce federal gun laws that undermine state laws.

The bill was filed by Texas House Rep. Justin Holland last month. It would restrict federal laws from infringing on gun rights in Texas.

While gun control has been an issue Biden has pledged to address, especially after the latest Colorado shooting, Abbott has vowed to uphold the Second Amendment even after close to home shootings like in El Paso where 23 were killed.

With a Democratic president and a Republican governor, the two have an ongoing chess match where they are disagreeing on most policy from issues on the border to COVID-19 precautions.

Popular

(Community First! Village/Facebook)

Local nonprofit Mobile Loaves & Fishes announced plans to vastly expand Community First! Village, a 51-acre master-planned development that is home to more than 220 formerly chronically homeless residents, on Wednesday.

Keep Reading Show less

(Austin Anthem/Twitter)

Austin FC's first season will officially be underway, but their inaugural match will be nearly 1,500 miles away from their home city.

The match, which will see No. 21 ATXFC face No. 2 LAFC, will be broadcast nationally on FOX and FOX Deportes at 5 p.m. on Saturday, but for some, simply watching from home isn't quite enough.

Keep Reading Show less

Homeless residents gather an at a camp under an overpass in South Austin. (Jordan Vonderhaar)

As Austin navigates its homelessness crisis, city voters will decide starting Monday whether to reinstate a ban on sitting, lying and camping in certain areas of the city. Proposition B has drawn impassioned support and opposition and is perhaps the most contentious item on the May 1 ballot.

Austonia sought out clear and brief editorials from either side of the debate. Arguing in favor of Prop B is Cleo Petricek, a Democrat and co-founder, along with Travis County GOP Chairperson Matt Mackowiak, of the Save Austin Now political action committee, which has led the charge to reinstate the camping ban. Opponent Emily Seales is a licensed clinical social worker and advocate with over 20 years of experience working and volunteering in homeless services in Austin and around the country. She is currently on staff at the Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center and is board co-chair of Open Door.

Keep Reading Show less