WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an appearance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal program on Wednesday, Congresswoman Sylvia Garica (D-TX) argued that something has to be done regarding handguns to prevent them from falling into the hands of “bad guys.”
“Handguns, in my view, are not for hunting,” Garcia told C-SPAN host John McArdle. She went on:
They’re not for protection. I think handguns are, frankly, for killing people. We need to do something about making sure that bad guys don’t get their hands on handguns. And we need to make sure that these assault and automatic weapons don’t get in the hands of bad guys, and sometimes, bad women.”
The Texas Representative prefaced her statement by claiming that she owns a .410 shotgun which she claimed she plans on using only in cases where there is an intruder and her alarm system fails. She added later in the interview that she has participated in rabbit, quail, and dear hunting.
You don’t take an automatic weapon to hunt,” Garcia claimed. “That’s just meant to shoot someone and many people very quickly. So, we need to do something about it. And I certainly support a ban, and I think we need to do it. Because people want action.”
Garcia’s comments were made in response to a question from McArdle as to whether there is a “public appetite” for an assault weapons ban in the wake of a mass shooting that killed ten people last weekend in a grocery store in Buffalo, NY.
She told McArdle that it wasn’t a question of the public’s appetite, but that they were demanding action in the wake of Payton Gendron’s murderous rampage.
Garcia, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, is no stranger to the gun control movement.
The Brady Campaign described her as a “strong and long-standing gun violence prevention leader” and offered their full endorsement of her last election campaign.
“Rep. Garcia has ensured that the safety of all Americans is placed above partisanship, helping bring forward common-sense gun safety policies that will save lives,” The Brady Campaign wrote in their endorsement. “From expanding and strengthening the Brady Background Check System and keeping guns out of the hands of people who commit violent hate crimes to legislation to end the sale of high-capacity magazines, the House Judiciary Committee has advanced bills that will make our nation safer.”
Democrats are using the May 14th massacre as an opportunity to push for far stricter Federal gun control laws.
Sen. Cory Booker (D- NJ) led a group of senators in reintroducing the Federal Firearm Licensing Act late last week.
Further, the Biden Administration is attempting to use the momentum from the Buffalo massacre to push through the nomination of anti-gun Cleveland attorney Steve Dettelbach to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Garcia, too, indicated to McArdle that she intends to use Buffalo for momentum in passing anti-gun legislation.
When we were on the floor, and we stood up for a moment of silence for all the victims of Buffalo, one of my colleagues said, ‘Okay, but now what are we going to do?’” Garcia said, “It’s time to do something. I’m glad the president is putting that on the table. And I think we all need to rally around it, and I think the public needs to show that this is something they demand and demand now.”
Garcia represents the 29th Congressional District in the Lone Star State which encompasses a significant portion of the east end of the Greater Houston Area.
This year, she is up for reelection and was unopposed in the Texas Democratic primary. She will face the winner of the May 24th Republican run-off election between entrepreneur Julio Garza and Robert Schafranek.
The people who wish to disarm law-abiding American citizens are anti-freedom, power-hungry, and motivated by an extreme hatred of gun owners.
But could they at least do us all the courtesy of knowing what they are talking about?
Had the congresswoman taken a couple of seconds to do a mere cursory online search for handgun hunting, that search would have yielded article after article about how to do it, what guns and accessories to get, etc.
We sincerely hope that Representative Garcia will never have to use her .410 against a home intruder. However, we also hope that our friends in the Texas 29th Congressional District press her in the upcoming general election season as to how much gun control does she want?
If a home invader broke into Garcia’s house, would she just tell the intruder that he was breaking the law? We reported earlier this month when a San Antonio woman shot a home invader to death who was breaking into the house where she and three of her children were present. And she didn’t use a .410 shotgun, but a handgun.
What does Rep. Garcia have to say to that woman? Doesn’t she care about protecting women?
PC: Screenshot from The Washington Journal