Vote with your feet, he says (though be careful not to shoot yourself in them).
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is telling New York residents that if what they desire is low taxes, more opportunity - and above all, the freedom to own guns - they should leave Yankee territory forthwith and make their way to the Lone Star State. Talking Points Memoreports on new web ads for residents of Manhattan and Albany that began airing Wednesday bearing the message: "Keep more of what you earn and use some of that extra money to buy more ammo." It's hoped the words will be music to the ears of New York residents "sick of the media outing law abiding gun owners" among other ills.
Eric Bearse, a spokesman for Abbot, said the ads were a "sizable web-based buy" with the intention of letting political leaders know that one "should not take advantage of the [Newtown] tragedy to trample on Constitutional rights."
Via Talking Points Memo.
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@martydotcom He would have reacted the same way if you were there. Prayer or not. Of course you would take Cuomo's law. It will fail, as it has everywhere else. Want to test any gun law? Take whatever idea to Obama's Chicago- home of 500 homicides last yr. If you can get gangbangers and thugs to give up guns- it's a success.
More like "Come to NY where even the Republicans are liberal Democrats...." No thanks. I visited New York 35 years ago, saw all I needed to see, and with their political situation, I have no reason to ever go back. They already have high-income earners fleeing the state because of their onerous tax burden, and their brilliant politicians didn't learn anything from that. They have to come up with new ways to make the place undesirable. I suppose limiting the ability of law abiding citizens to protect themselves is a good way to drive away more. Think Detroit for an example of what liberal/leftist policies accomplish, long term.
@bsking Great point! Which state has a higher number of people drawing benefits? NY - over 400,000 and Texas slightly over 100,000. And just FYI,
"CRS Report: Welfare Spending The Largest Item In The Federal Budget
Ranking Member Sessions and the minority staff of the Senate Budget Committee requested from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) an overview of cumulative means-tested federal welfare spending in the United States in the most recent year for which data is available (fiscal year 2011). The results are staggering. CRS identified 83 overlapping federal welfare programs that together represented the single largest budget item in 2011—more than the nation spends on Social Security, Medicare, or national defense. The total amount spent on these 80-plus federal welfare programs amounts to roughly $1.03 trillion. Importantly, these figures solely refer to means-tested welfare benefits. They exclude entitlement programs to which people contribute (e.g., Social Security and Medicare)."
Seems there are more people receiving assistance in the US than who are actually working, says a lot about the economic policy of this president.
@marine1 Freedom defined by whom? It's subjective. Are we a free nation? No, we're a nation of law. In fact, we have the highest number of people in prison of any nation of the world. Did Obama do this? No, he did not. We have a higher number of people in prison in terms of raw numbers and it's even worse as a percantage compared to China. So are we less free than China? Are we less free than we were in the time of the founders? It's easy to say we are less free but not say easy to prove it. The founders owned slaves. Many people were denied the right to vote. Many of the freedoms we enjoy today did not exist until later generations defined and protected them. So just when exactly did is this great utopian ideal time in our history exist were people knew what freedom meant versus today? I know what it means for me. I certainly can answer for everyone. I was appalled at the patriot act. I recall very clearly the way people from one segment of society would decry anyone as unpatriotic if they dared question it. Now it's not so suprising that same segment is crying about losing freedoms because of what? The inability to purchase a firearm that has a capacity larger than ten shots? Secret courts with warantless arrests and trials without lawyers in the middle of the night shipping you off to god knows where doesn't make you bat an eye and to speak out against it you're a supporter of terrorism. 10 years later they say they're going to limit the amount of rounds your gun can fire and it's the end of freedom as we know it. All from the same segment of people. All from a group who time and again refer to everyone else as sheep. It is to laugh this notion that is being put forth.
@PoliticalSpice The Cali transplants aren't going to Texas, they are moving north. To my state alas. They come in huge numbers and bring their "big city" mentality and problems with them. It's depressing. Our state beckons because its such a great place to have a family. Its extremely family friendly and for kids its tops.
@Fishbone345 Well a lot of them move back and fourth, from california to the east coast. No offense to slc, but I think Texas more attractive for several reasons: Austin, great food: tex-mex & bbq; warm climate, no income tax, proximity to new mexico, the gun laws, new orleans and mexico; also it will likely be a purple, maybe a blue state in about a decade...
I'd move to Texas in a heartbeat if my house would sell in NY. No jobs, lousy economy and high taxes. Business is leaving. NYC and the metro area is would fall apart if wasn't for Wall street. That is the other shoe getting ready to drop. Slow systematic lay offs are going on so not to cause panic.
Love it! Not only will NY gun owners get to own a gun but they will also get a huge tax break! LOL - the rich can ALWAYS vote with their feet, and more and more middle class are also taking advantage of those states with low or no income tax. Tee hee, just look at Maryland, passed a Millionaire's Tax and they lost the millionaires to VA.
Texas is superior to Virginia in regard to taxes, in that Texas has no income tax, Virginia does. Texas also has better food, bbq and tex-mex, a warmer climate and great cities like Austin. And the demographics are improving in ten or so years Texas will be a purple, if not a blue state.
I would say come to Virgina as well. We don't have much in the way that impedes your second amendment rights. We have a very low crime rate I think we are 40 out of 50, low employment and a rather stable state government. Biggest problem is the constant attempts to be the vagina police (abortion). I am a smoker and drink soda's larger than 16oz so NY is out of the question so if I didn't live in VA I most certainly would move to Texas.