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  1. TexasRedneck

    TexasRedneck 1911 Nut Lifetime Member

    Jan 23, 2009
    New Braunfels, TX
    Yup. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to say anything about it publicly until today when it was "officially" announced. Mike Cox will be taking over from her - hopefully, he'll be able to get off to a fresh start and move things forward.

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  2. Bithabus

    Bithabus ! TGT Supporter

    Aug 17, 2010
    Need to focus on eliminating criminal empowerment zones before CC. LTC holders and cops should have the same carry rights. It's an important public safety issue.
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  3. Sublime

    Sublime Active Member

    Mar 24, 2019
    Got this today, it appears Alice is retiring.

    Dear TSRA Members, Family and Friends:

    Today in Austin:

    I wanted to provide information about today's meeting, since the press and others, as usual, are creating their own reality regarding Governor Abbott's first Round Table discussion after El Paso and TSRA's involvement.

    Round Table discussions are just that, discussions; and the goal is discovering what existing laws are on the books that are not being fully utilized, or completely disregarded and might have impacted the murder of innocent Texans.

    Today's Round Table was the similar to the one I attended last summer with the exception of the entire El Paso delegation being present. This group led off asking questions of the person representing TSRA, Mike Cox.

    Mike has been a member of our Legislative Committee for many years, he was a former Republican Co. chairman, a gubernatorial appointee for School Safety Center, and the instructor who presents the LTC program within the Capitol. He is well known, well informed, well liked, and well respected.

    Mike is in every way a professional and about as pro-gun and conservative as you can get.

    At today's Round Table the El Paso delegation asked Mike about changes to Texas gun laws. I'll leave the list and details to Mike but his answer was NO, NO, and NO. You see this delegation had filed many anti-gun bills, which were fought down during session.

    Mike Cox has the logic and complete understanding of why new law is not required. This country, this state has mountains of existing gun law being ignored or under prosecuted.

    In closing, know that Mike Cox is now the Legislative Director of TSRA. My retirement is scheduled for August 31st.

    It's been 11 sessions and 21 years. I am first of all a gun owner, collector, and a hunter. I have a gun for every task including personal protection.

    It's been my pleasure to serve.

    You will hear more about the Round Table discussions from Mike and remember, this is an information gathering process, there is no special session.

    The next scheduled Round Table will be held in El Paso.

    TSRA is honored, as always, to have a place at the table to off-set Texas Gun Sense .

    Tell Your US Senators and Congressmen No New Gun Control Laws

    The TSRA and the TSRA PAC

    Thank you, TSRA members, for renewing and upgrading your membership.

    Your donations to the Texas State Rifle Association, keep the lights on and the bills paid. Unlike others, every dime given by Texans is spent on Texans.

    Your gifts to the TSRA PAC go directly to supporting the Legislative and campaign process: printing post cards, supporting pro-gun state candidates, and making friends in the Legislature.

    Your donations keep the monthly dues as low as possible.

    Go to and to or call TSRA's office at 512-615-4200.

    If your group needs a speaker, give us a call!

    Stay tuned for a new voice for TSRA!

    Keep the faith

    Alice Tripp

    Legislative Director

    Texas State Rifle Association

    NRA state affiliate

    100 yrs and growing
  4. Renegade

    Renegade SuperOwner

    Mar 5, 2008

    First rule of the Internet, any story more than 87 seconds old has already been posted.
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  5. Sublime

    Sublime Active Member

    Mar 24, 2019
    Always a day late and a dollar short.

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  6. BRD@66

    BRD@66 TGT Addict

    Jan 23, 2014
    Liberty Hill
    I used to work with Mike Cox. He was good people to work with.
  7. ThoughtCriminal2A

    ThoughtCriminal2A New Member

    Aug 21, 2019
    Bottom line up front, the time for TSRA playing footsie under the table with the opposition is over and done.
    I will reserve judgement until we see if Mike Cox is another fudd elitist, like Alice was,
    but I do sincerely encourage the new lobbyist for TSRA to bring his "A" game next session, and leave the fudd tradition in the dust bin where it belongs;
    to be clear -- the individual right to possess and use firearms for self defense is what is at stake now, endless lame excuses for more "compromise" are no longer going to work anymore, like they used to.

    We can all see that the 2018 session was a chit show, the crowning achievement of 25 years of RINO control,
    more antigun bills were filed in the 2018 session than ever before in the history of TX, the RINO speaker Bonnen openly working to deny the conservative platform, working with democrat leadership to screw over the conservative base.

    This November, the consequences of RINOs enabling that overt misrepresentation is expected to be severe, and rightly so.
    Redistricting is bringing at least three new district reps incoming, all hard left democrats, hand picked, with no competition in sight.
    The house is being handed over to democrat control, quite possibly also gaining majority in the senate as well.

    The 2018 session push for gun control was a test run, a probe to determine where the gaps are for the decisive 2020 push, where the weakest links are to exploit (and there are many).
    In the 2020 session we can expect easily twice as many anti gun bills as in 2018, simultaneously in BOTH chambers this time, a tidal wave of more antigun measures in one session than all of Texas history combined.
    All relevant committees in both chambers are going to be chaired by militant progressive democrats, or else RINOs sympathetic to the progressive agenda, and they are going to use every cheap/dirty trick they have at their disposal to push their bills through, with the help of their pals Bonnen and the LT gov.
    Imposing decisive gun control is going to be their top legislative priority, for the purposes of getting revenge for 25 years of having to wait to grab power.

    That means that gun control is certain to pass in 2020,
    only a question of how much, how bad,
    that also means that TSRA is necessarily going to be a key part of that outcome.

    The TSRA of 2019 is not ready to deal with any of that, not even close.

    The opposition is motivated, determined, well funded, tech savvy, and they are down there every day demanding that they get their way, and are willing to do whatever it takes to win.
    The commie mommies are still pissed that she lost, and they are out for revenge, and they smell the blood in the water, they will not be denied.

    So, is TSRA ready for that? Or not?
    What is the plan to deal effectively with what is coming in the 2020 session?
    Is TSRA going to commit the substantial resources now necessary to be relevant? to manage the defensive situation?
    or not?
    Is TSRA ready to make the painful changes that are required to adapt, to be relevant in the outcome that is on the table now?

    Let's start with messaging:

    yep, Mike does a great job there.
    Looks really neat and tidy-- for say, back in 1998.

    and completely irrelevant in 2020.
    No one, on either faction, wants to listen to another old white man drone on about "guns again"; that is a pure non starter, that message may have worked once upon a time, but the opposition have adapted, overcome.

    You TSRA guys are going to have to face the way things are today, and do a complete marketing/image restart, 100% from the ground up, you have to get it right,
    you are going to need considerable help, and you do not have much time left to get it done.
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  8. roadrunner

    roadrunner TGT Addict

    Jan 30, 2018
    I am glad you posted the # of that youtube video. It is an eye opener about the new TSRA lobbyist in Austin. It seems that like tripp he too is against CC carry. And maybe against OC. It looks like the TSRA may not have bettered themselves with Cox taking tripp's place.

    That was not a 1998 video.

    2018 and 2020 Texas legislative sessions? You may want to check those dates.
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  9. TheDan

    TheDan 4th Best Member TGT Supporter

    Nov 11, 2008
    Austin - Rockdale
    Welcome to the forum. You can post links here.
  10. ThoughtCriminal2A

    ThoughtCriminal2A New Member

    Aug 21, 2019
    Exactly, and that fudd elitism is The Problem,
    always has been The Problem,
    and will continue to be The Problem
    unless a course correction and reversal is made on that, and in time to matter.

    Alice Tripp is openly hostile to grass roots pro-freedom activists,
    it remains to be seen if Mike Cox will continue that elitist policy, or not.

    I fully expect that Cox is as much of a fudd as Tripp,
    but I would really like to be wrong on that one.

    polished messaging, optics, image, are not just important, they are urgent, must-have, either you can deliver the optics, or else go home.

    another old white guy lecturing about "the guns again" is not going to cut it anymore, with few notable exceptions.
    so here is what we will need to deliver in order to prevail next session

    Kirsten Joy Weiss

    Armed and Feminine

    here is the possible "old white man" exception, situationally applicable --
    Gov. Abbott greets Stephen Willeford in Sutherland Springs

    yes, 2019/2021-- but with the bills being crafted the previous fall.
    Waiting till jan 2021 to engage on this is too late.
    Waiting till jan 2020 to engage on this is also too late.

    The opposition is working on their game NOW,
    the commie mommies demand action are recruiting hard, the are using the beginning of the school year to garner followers.

    either they win, or we do,

    so let's win -- and by "we" I mean pro-freedom activists, not fudd elitists.

    It would be helpful if TSRA got on board with that,
    and with the major changes that will be required to step up to the challenges at hand.

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