And it didn’t even work.
Former Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, in her first interview after losing by 20 points to governor-elect Greg Abbott, admitted she only claimed to support an open-carry gun law in order to win votes.
“There is one thing that I would do differently in that campaign, and it relates to the position that I took on open-carry,” Davis told the San Antonio Express-News on Monday. “I made a quick decision on that with a very short conversation with my team and it wasn't really in keeping with what I think is the correct position on that issue.”
Davis added that she does support “people’s right to own and to bear arms in appropriate situations,” but fears that open carry would be used “to intimidate and cause fear.”
Is that what she thinks of Texans?
The term “open-carry” refers to laws that allow gun-owners to carry their weapons in full view of the public. Typically (although not always) such laws still require those who want to carry concealed weapons to apply for a permit.
During her gubernatorial campaign, Davis said she supported an expansion of gun rights in Texas that included open-carry.
Davis now says that she has “always been true to my core beliefs.” Except, of course, when she wasn't.