Texas GOP legislator: ‘We don’t want refugees because it’s too easy to buy guns here’

Texas governor Greg Abbott is one of 17 state governors who has sworn to turn away Syrian refugees in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad. Other Texas politicians agree with Abbott’s stance, and Representative Tony Dale has written to Senate Majority Whip Jim Cornyn about his concerns — chief among them: it’s too easy to get guns in Texas, even for refugees.

Irony is a difficult concept. Rain on your wedding day, for example, or a free ride when you’re already late. Or blocking any and all legislation for stronger background checks for guns because “bad guys” don’t buy their guns legally anyway, and then turning away people running away from the Islamic State because it might be too easy for them to buy guns.

“Can you imagine a scenario were [sic] a refugees [sic] is admitted to the United States, is provided federal cash assistance and other assistance, obtains a driver’s license and purchases a weapon and executes an attack?” asked Dale, an elected Texas House Representative who doesn’t proofread his own official letters to Congress.

According to the National Physicians Alliance, most guns in mass shootings were attained legally. Is this the thing that finally gets Texas to embrace more gun control?

“Under existing Texas statute any individual issued the immigrant documents listed above is eligible to obtain the driver’s license. The Texas drivers [sic] licenses will make them eligible to gain employment enter [sic] federal facilities and board commercial aircrafts. I have not found a way to prevent this and the legislature does not meet again until 2017.”

They’re still more focused on immigrants’ driver’s licenses than gun control? Of course. Well, at least we’ll always have Representative Tony Dale’s creative grammar to remember him by.

Featured image via battleswarmblog.com

Caitlin Cohen

Caitlin Cohen graduated from Boston University with a degree in History. She has written for DeadState for three and a half years. She technically speaks French. She lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and has big plans to one day get a dog.

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