Statement: “Firearms homicides are down about 40 percent” since Texas passed concealed-gun permit law.
The land commissioner made this statement in a video for his campaign for lieutenant governor. Patterson was a state senator when he wrote the 1995 legislation that allowed eligible Texans to get licenses to carry concealed handguns. When we asked Patterson for backup for the statement, he pointed to national crime statistics that used 1993 as a starting point — stats that didn’t speak directly to what has happened in Texas since the concealed-gun law passed. We found two sets of data that were more on point, one from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, showing a 32 percent drop in firearms homicides in Texas from 1996 to 2010, and one from the FBI, showing a 42 percent drop from 1996 to 2012.
Statement: “Macy’s sent a letter to Rick Perry urging him to veto” equal pay bill.
The state representative from Houston joined calls for a Black Friday boycott of the department store chain over its lobbying for a gubernatorial veto of House Bill 950, which Thompson sponsored. The bill would have created a state law similar to 2009’s federal Lilly Ledbetter Act, which gave plaintiffs more time to sue over pay discrimination in federal courts. Macy’s and other Texas Retailers Association members sent letters to Perry urging him to veto it (which he did), arguing that it was unnecessary legislation that would be harmful to businesses.
Statement: “During the last election, Democrats won over a million votes more than Republicans, but because of the way districts are designed, the Republicans got 33 more members of the House of Representatives than the Democrats did.”
The congressman from Austin was correct when it came to the numbers. We confirmed that Democratic House nominees drew nearly 1.4 million more votes than Republicans and that the GOP ended up with a 33-seat House majority. But while redistricting was clearly a factor behind that result, experts diverged over whether how districts were designed was the key driver. Incumbency and the concentration of Democrats in congested cities also have been aired as significant factors in this electoral phenomenon.