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Read these amazing stories which highlight accounts of law-abiding gun owners in America using their Second Amendment rights for self-defense in this online edition of the Armed Citizen®.

March 27, 2019 –

In a reported home invasion in Chattanooga, Tenn., a man was doing laundry in his residence when a would-be robber entered through the front door, spoke briefly to the homeowner, and then let two other men into the residence. The would-be robber took a pistol from one accomplice and demanded money from the homeowner. Surprising the apparent robbers, the homeowner retrieved a gun from underneath a couch cushion in the living room and fired several times at the men. One man was struck by a bullet and died. A physical struggle ensued between the homeowner and the first man who entered the residence, while the third fled. The homeowner broke free and ran into his bedroom. At that time, the first would-be robber apparently ran off. Police located both suspects and charged them with aggravated robbery. (timesfreepress.com, Chattanooga, Tenn., 3/27/19)

Armed Citizen Extra
A pastor and his wife defended their Houston home from an intruder one Saturday night. After hearing something outside of their back door, they went to investigate and saw the suspect breaking in. In fear for their lives, both fired upon the man, who reportedly died on the scene. After the shooting, the couple went outside, placed their guns on the ground, and waited for the officers to arrive. (abc13.com, Houston, Texas, 5/6/19)

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First indication that the 86th Legislative Session was an abysmal failure ~

The most effective and most responsive government is the one that is closest to the people.   

by Lenny Leatherman, 05/31/2019

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The first indication that the 86th Legislative Session was an abysmal failure is that the Democrats were pleased with it.

Remember all the excitement in the House and Senate as members squabbled over how to spend every last dime of YOUR money they casually referred to as surplus revenue?

Surplus revenue is your elected officials’ way of defining the $10 BILLION Texans were overcharged! Refund the surplus to its rightful owners…not a chance!

Their ‘feed frenzy’ resembled 181 buzzards circling over the Texas Capital most of which were frantically attempting to pick apart the taxpayers’ carcass!

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Commentary: Why I’m Retiring After Disappointing 2019 Legislature

How was the 86th Texas Legislative Session?

Well, if you talk to legislators themselves, it was the best ever. That is based on how they feel more than anything else. There was far more “cooperation” and “unity” than before; everybody was nicer to each other throughout this session. The fights were minimal from the outside.

So, everything is great, right?

Not exactly. We don’t send these folks to Austin to be a tax-funded social club; we send them there to get things done. So, let’s move away from feelings and look at facts and accomplishments. Did they accomplish more?

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Another One Bites The Dust: House Version Of GOP Priorities Being Killed

Texas Sscorecard, By |April 30, 2019

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While legislation dealing with the issue passed the Texas Senate weeks ago, lawmakers in the Texas House are signaling the death of a measure banning taxpayer-funded lobbying. This would be the fourth of five priorities of the Republican Party of Texas to be dealt a potential death blow by House Speaker Dennis Bonnen’s leadership team.

A constituent of State Rep. Will Metcalf (R-Conroe) was told by his staff that Mayes Middleton’s House Bill 281 is “dead.” The legislation would ban local governments from using taxpayer resources to hire lobbyists.

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State Rep Phil King’s Legislative Update

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Facts About Texas Property Tax Appraisal Process

Many of you have called our office to share your frustrations about your recent appraisal.  I completely understand and share your frustrations.  My appraisal for a home I have owned for over 25 years also skyrocketed.  Appraisals are managed and set at the city and county level. Tax rates are set at the city and county level. The state does not impose a property tax.  I strongly encourage you to file a protest. I am. We still have 5 weeks of the legislative session left and providing property tax relief to constituents is my number one priority.  I have several amendments prepared to try to freeze appraisals and slow down the growth and provide targeted tax relief.

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Watauga woman killed 5 days after getting protective order against suspect

The article below clearly shows the absurdity in passing another gun law that if in effect at the time of this murder, would not have changed the outcome. If the victim however, had been armed and trained, she most likely would still be alive. I believe more guns, not less, is the solution!

More of our Constitutionally protected freedom is surrendered each time another law is passed.


Fort Worth Star-Telegram, By Mitch Mitchell

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Police shot and killed a man who was served with a protective order restricting him from being at the house. Officers shot and killed the man after he grabbed a shotgun, police said. SWAT officers saw a dead woman in the house during a search.


A woman who received an emergency protective order prohibiting a man from approaching her house was found dead by SWAT officers who searched that home on Monday.

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Texas Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, Student Loan Repayment Assistance for Peace Officers and Targeted Property Tax Relief

HB 16 – Texas Born-Alive Infant Protection Act
This week the Texas House passed an important bill that protects infants who survive abortion procedures, ensuring they receive the same care given to any other child born in a hospital. HB 16 creates causes of action for the surviving child or their parent / legal guardian to pursue against a physician who fails to provide appropriate medical treatment to the child. It creates a similar cause of action for the Texas Attorney General to pursue against the physician on behalf of the state. Along with outlining strong protections to ensure the women who seek the abortion are shielded from liability in accordance with state law, it establishes a reporting mechanism so a person who has knowledge of a physician’s failure to provide appropriate medical care can be reported to the Office of the Attorney General. HB 16 is a strong stance to defend life in Texas.

HB 1313 – Targeted Property Tax Relief

This week I laid out HB 1313 in the House Committee on Ways & Means. HB 1313 is one of several bills I have filed that would provide targeted tax relief for Texans and is a priority issue for me.

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Texas House to Ratify Robin Hood

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The Texas House is preparing to vote on legislation on Wednesday that will increase your property taxes.Yes, you read that correctly— increase your property taxes.

Despite making grandiose promises to provide real tax relief and meaningful reform, lawmakers plan to vote on a proposal Wednesday that will permit property tax burdens to continue swelling after a momentary two-year reprieve.

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Commissioners readying for Clean-Up Day

Weatherford Democrat, by Autumn Owens, March 27, 2019

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Parker County Clean-Up Day is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and county commissioners discussed the dos and don’ts of the annual event as well as what residents should expect on that day.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Larry Walden and his crew will be set up at 1111 Farm-to-Market Road 1189 in Brock, and broke down what residents can bring and what they can’t bring to the county clean-up.

“We will take items that their garbage service doesn’t take,” Walden said.

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Nazism, Fascism, and Socialism Are All Rooted in Communism

The concept of a “far left” that is opposed to a “far right” is false. The systems placed on the two ends of that spectrum, including socialism, fascism, and Nazism, are all rooted in communism. And all of them share beliefs in core communist concepts, including state collectivism, planned economies, and class struggle.

All of them were merely different interpretations of Marxism, and played heavily in global politics just after World War I, at a time when the ideas of Karl Marx failed to materialize and communists had gone back to the drawing board.

Before we get into the history of these divergent systems, however, we first need to understand the rift between socialism and communism.

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