18 February 1998
Dr. James Brown
Texas State Rifle Association/PAC
P.O. Box 413
Goldthwaite, Texas 76844
Dear Dr. Brown,
Attached find my hard copy of the survey you sent me concerning
my candidacy for Texas Land Commissioner. I respectfully request
this letter be included as part of said survey.
Today I received the package from NRA containing a glowing endorsement
of my opponent in the Republican Primary. I also spoke to you
on the telephone and wish to comment on both communications
First, I am dismayed that the letter from NRA failed to mention
that my opponent not only supported, but indeed CO-SPONSORED the
mandatory trigger-lock bill that passed through he Texas Legislature
into law. His partners in sponsoring this legislation (which has
been rightly excoriated in recent issues of the American Rifleman)
were the two most anti-gun, liberal Democrats in the legislature,
Royce West and Sherri Greenberg.
Though I oppose this unconstitutional legislation and my opponent
supported it, TSRA and NRA endorsed my opponent instead of me,
and made no mention of his key role in passing this bad law. This
is not only unfair to me, it is shamefully unfair to the members
of the TSRA and NRA.
Second, in my telephone conversation with you, you mentioned I
had received an "A" rating as a pro-gun candidate for
Land Commissioner. I brought to your attention the fact that in
my 1996 campaign for the Texas House of Representatives I received
an "A+" rating. I asked you what I had done to deserve
being downgraded from an A+ to an A. Your replied "you're
running against 'our man'." Since when is a sponsor of anti-Second
Amendment rights legislation "our man?" Since when is
an opponent of such legislation NOT "our man?" Your
statement has the distinct odor of backroom politics. How do you
think the members of TSRA would feel if they knew ALL the facts?
Since when does one's rating of performance change because of
who is one's opponent?
I have been an honest, hard-working, effective advocate for the Second Amendment rights of all Texans (indeed, all Americans) for all my adult life.
I have journeyed to Washington, D.C. on many occasions and made
speeches at national rallies on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
I have been a safe and responsible gun owner and have maintained
Federal Firearms Licenses. I have worked tirelessly as a Congressional
staffer always staunchly supporting our rights. The Texas Libertarian
Party awarded me the 1997 Lady Liberty Award for my sustained,
significant contribution to protection of he Second Amendment.
How can you honestly characterize me as being less pro-Second
Amendment than my opponent?
I do not know why you have done what you have done. But whether
through ignorance, laziness, or dishonesty, you have done a disservice
to the members of the Texas State Rifle Association by hiding
the truth from them.
They deserve better.