I’m proud to report that the legislature of my dwelling state of Texas has handed the ‘Star-Spangled Banner Safety Act’.
that can penalize skilled sports activities groups if they don’t play the nationwide anthem earlier than video games. Sadly, they may not change lyrics in order that they nonetheless say one thing about “the land of the free and the house of the courageous.” That would give folks the incorrect thought.
For instance, the identical group simply determined that Texans can’t be trusted to own any amount of marijuana, though the penalties could also be lowered for a small quantity.
A 2021 College of Texas/Texas Tribune Ballot discovered that 60% of Texas voters imagine possession of small or giant quantities of marijuana needs to be authorized for no matter goal, however the majority of the legislature don’t belief the voters who voted for them.
In 2019, there have been greater than 45,000 arrests in Texas for possession of marijuana, however that was a lower from the almost 63,000 reported arrests in 2018, essentially the most in America. (Out of a complete of half one million nationally.)
Paradoxically, in July of 2019, the Texas Division of Public Security issued a memo instructing DPS officers to difficulty citations, moderately than make arrests, for possession of lower than 4 ounces of marijuana. The Texas police are extra enlightened than the legislature! (Faint reward)
Beforehand, the legislature voted to make it authorized for Texans to hold handguns and not using a license or coaching. A strong majority of Texas voters don’t suppose permitless carry needs to be allowed, in line with the newest College of Texas/Texas Tribune Ballot.
The Texas legislature additionally handed a variety of different legal guidelines that limit voting, supposedly to “shield democracy”. However why trouble?
The distinction between the enforcement of the marijuana legal guidelines and gun legal guidelines nationally could be seen in an article revealed by The Hint, a nonprofit “Investigating gun violence in America.”
The article begins with a report on Uncle Sam’s, an enormous pawn store in Man, a tiny city in West Virginia,
“This was the ATF’s third inspection of Uncle Sam’s in seven years. The 2 most up-to-date audits discovered that the shop had transferred weapons with out conducting background checks and failed to supply security notices to handgun patrons. At one level, ATF data present, greater than 600 firearms that ought to have been in inventory couldn’t be discovered — a pink flag for gun trafficking.”
Legislation enforcement just isn’t at all times so forgiving. “Black folks in West Virginia are 7.3 instances extra doubtless than white folks to be arrested for hashish possession regardless of nationwide utilization charges being comparable, a report launched Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia reveals.”
In 2018, the final yr I might discover knowledge for gross sales, 8% (53,000) of 663,000 arrests for marijuana-related offenses have been for promoting or “manufacturing” the plant. There are extra marijuana arrests than for all violent crimes mixed, however arrests for gross sales are normally prosecuted as felonies.
There have been 14,400 gun-related homicides in 2019 in the USA and people involving a gun accounted for almost three-quarters of all homicides within the US in that yr. In fact, there have been no reported marijuana-related deaths.
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