Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of January 14, 2013. Give Chad your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11 am.

Chad Hasty,

1. Firearm Protection Act (link)

Last week, I told you that lawmakers in Wyoming are planning on protecting their state against a Federal gun grab. Now, Texas Rep. Steve Toth will file a similar bill.

AUSTIN – State Rep. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) has begun the process to file legislation assisting the protection of the Second Amendment of the United State Constitution.

The “Firearms Protection Act” bill would make any federal law banning semi-automatic firearms or limiting the size of gun magazines unenforceable within the state’s boundaries. Anyone trying to enforce a federal gun ban could face felony charges under the proposal.


“We can no longer depend on the Federal Government and this Administration to uphold a Constitution that they no longer believe in. The liberties of the People of Texas and the sovereignty of our State are too important to just let the Federal Government take them away. The overreach of the federal administrations executive orders that are do not align with the Constitution, are not very popular here in Texas,” said Toth.


Along with Wyoming, Texas will lead the country in continuing to stand for the sovereignty to run Texas as Texans see fit while exercising the Bill of Rights Amendments 2& 10 to “prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers … [to] extending the ground of public confidence in the Government.”


2. Should Texas Fund Teacher Firearm Training? (link)

Should Texas fund teacher firearm training? Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst seems to think so.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called Friday for the state to consider funding specialized firearms training for school employees, along with other school safety plans.


The announcement echoed remarks Dewhurst made Friday morning while speaking at a conservative policy summit, where according to the Associated Press he said under his plan school districts would choose who would receive the training, which would expand on what the state requires for concealed handgun license applicants. The training would include how to react in an active shooter situation like the one that claimed 26 lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December.


"God forbid we should have an active shooter crisis in our schools," Dewhurst said. "Eight hours of instruction and two hours on the range is not sufficient."

The spirit of what Dewhurst is proposing is fine, but I don't really like it myself. Dewhurst is admitting that current courses aren't good enough for active shooter situations which the left will jump on and many who have CHL's would disagree with. Also, I'm not so sure that  this is a wise use of money. Should the state really be our tax dollars to cut people a break on firearm training? Could be an interesting debate.


3. Powell on the GOP & Hagel (link)

Colin Powell on Sunday attacked Republicans and voiced support for Chuck Hagel. According to FOX News:

“Most of the national security community that I know -- many secretaries of defense, ambassadors -- think Hagel is a solid guy,” Powell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “He speaks his mind, is a good supporter of Israel, but he's not reluctant to disagree when appropriate … He’ll do a great job.”


Hagel was under fire on several fronts even before he was officially nominated Monday by President Obama, in part for once saying “the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people” on Capitol Hill.


Powell, a four-star general who served in the George W. Bush administration, said the former Nebraska senator should instead have said the “Israeli lobby.”


Powell, who voted twice for Obama, said he is still a Republican, but said the party “has an identity crisis” and some factions have a “dark vein of intolerance.”


“They still look down on minorities,” he said.


Powell also said the party’s more recent shift to the right has resulted in “losing campaigns” and “will be in trouble” if it doesn’t change along with the country’s shifting demographics to appeal more to minorities and immigrants.

Oh give a break. The Republican party doesn't look down on minorities. How about Powell take a look at Democrat policies and how those have worked for the minority community. Oh and sorry, if you voted for Obama twice, I doubt you are really a Republican.

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Appearing on today's show:

9:35am- Matt Mackowiak, GOP Strategist & Co-founder of

10:10am- State Rep. Steve Toth, R- The Woodlands. Firearm Protection Act 


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