Texas AG to NY Gun Owners: Come Live Here
Attorney General Greg Abbott runs unconventional ads
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2013 6:46 AM CST
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott talks with the media as he leaves the Tom Green County Courthouse, July 25, 2011, in San Angelo, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – Now that New York has the country's toughest gun laws, some New York gun owners may be looking for a change of scenery. At least, that's what the Texas attorney general thinks. In a series of Internet ads, Greg Abbott has been inviting New York gun owners to move to his state. Not only are gun laws looser there; as the ads point out, the economy is strong and taxes are lower, so gun owners can "keep more of what you earn and use some of that extra money to buy more ammo."

The ads are running in Manhattan and Albany, the New York Times reports. Their attention-getting headlines: "Is Gov. Cuomo looking to take your guns?” and “Wanted: Law abiding New York gun owners." When clicked, they lead to a Facebook letter further explaining Abbott's position. The Times calls them "a rare burst of political theater" from staunch Obama opponent Abbott, who's been raising money for a possible run at the governor's mansion next year. His campaign, not the attorney general's office, paid for the ads.

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Jan 22, 2013 6:49 PM CST
Yes, New Yorkers, come to Texas. Here's how the mighty Lone Star state stacks up against the rest of the USA... 1. Has nearly 16% of its total population in poverty... 43rd nationally. 2. Ranks dead-last among all states in people 19-and-under without health insurance. 3. Ranks 48th in states regarding children under 2 without proper immunizations. 4. Leads the nation in industrial emissions. (Houston is far smoggier than L.A.) 5. Currently in the midst of a $27 billion dollar deficit. 6. Ranks #1 in teen pregnancy. 7. Highest insurance rates in the nation. 8. Ranks 37th nationwide in afforbability. 9. Is 5th in-the-nation in cervical cancer rate. (probably because nobody's got insurance) 10. Ranks 47th in the nation in SAT scores. Texas has de-regulated itself into a cesspool of pollution and poverty. It has anti-taxed itself into a state with few, decent services for the working poor and the middle class. Soooo...how's that "keeping more money in your wallet working out for ya?" Texas only looks good if you compare it to Louisana and Mississippi. 1-4 from the U.S. Census bureau as reported in "The Economist". 5-10 from "Bay Area Houston" and Sen. E. Shapleigh.
Jan 21, 2013 9:14 PM CST
The fastest growing region in the USA is North Dallas, Addison, Frisco. You have the world headquarters for Exxon, ATT, Kimberly Clark, JC Penney, Texas Instruments (your phone chips), Pizza Hut, SW Air, and Dr. Pepper/Snapple just to name a few. Now you do have a dark side to the region. Well, its been a long time ago but it did involve a major existing government contractor. Michael Paine was an engineer at Bell Helicopter. He knew if we entered a full blown Vietnam War, Bell would become stinking filthy rich (which they later did). The only thing blocking them were the Kennedys. Michael was married to Ruth. Ruth was on the Dallas office of cultural affairs board. They put on a Russian cultural mixer and met a destitute woman named Marina Oswald. Marina needed a place to stay so Ruth gave them a room in her home in Irving. Marina also needed her husband to find work so Ruth got Lee a job at the Texas School Book Depository. Ruth wouldn't let him live there so he got an apartment a few miles east of her home. Lee asked Ruth to take delivery of items he ordered out of a magazine. It turned out to be the Italian carbine used to shoot the Air Force general and Kennedy. Lee would have talked extensively with Michael about Vietnam. Getting Kennedy out of the way benefited the region that still exists to this day. A final note is that Marina and possibly Lee had opportunities to meet with Ladybird at the cultural functions hosted by Ruth. I can only imagine the topic of those discussions.
Jan 21, 2013 2:21 PM CST
New Yorkers won't move to Texas because they prefer to live in a place where people are employed and women can get healthcare. I wish Texas would secede already like they've been promising to do since 1860.