A reader introduces me to newly elected Texas Rep. Kyle Kacal, a Republican.
Kacal, who lives on a 2,400-acre ranch in Brazos County, said he wouldn't support a proposed bill instructing residents how to secure their assault weapons.
"People know what they need to do to be safe. We don't need to legislate that -- it's common sense," he said. "Once everyone's gun is locked up, then the bad guys know everyone's gun is locked up."
Kacal echoed a common nationwide argument that guns don't kill people, people kill people.
"I've heard of people being killed playing ping-pong -- ping-pongs are more dangerous than guns," he said. "Flat-screen TVs are injuring more kids today than anything."
In all honesty, if this true, I want to see the peer-reviewed study.
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