This appalling and incredibly offensive video is from the office of Texas state Rep. Poncho Nevárez earlier today, the opening day of the 2015 legislative session in Austin. Issues involving the Second Amendment and gun safety laws aren’t in the Texas Freedom Network’s issue set. But we oppose right-wing fanaticism, including the petulant, childish tactics illustrated by the political activists in this video.
Armed activists manufactured a rifle just outside the Capitol grounds. They were supporting various bills, including one that would allow Texans to carry handguns openly in public.
When some of those activists swarmed into the office of Rep. Nevárez, the legislator explained that he doesn’t support the bill. As the video shows, the activists turn to insults in an attempt to provoke Nevárez. They repeatedly call Nevárez a “tyrant,” and then try to intimidate him and his staffers when asked to leave the office.
Just as appalling are the comments on the Facebook page of the person who posted the video. Commenters call Rep. Nevárez a “maggot,” “a slimy bitch,” “filth,” and “refuse.” One suggests that activists should put together an “open carry” demonstration outside his office — essentially calling on armed, fanatical activists to confront an elected official. Yeah, nothing to worry about there, right? One commenter refers to Rep. Nevárez as “Santa Anna,” the Mexican leader at the time of Texas independence. Another refers vaguely to some “Liberal – communist ass backwards Mexican law.”
Welcome to Texas in the 21st century.