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Cody Wilson, Austin’s self-styled “crypto-anarchist" selling 3-D-printable guns online after a court order prevented him from giving them away [see "Defense Distributed … by Mail
," News, Aug. 31], donates to just one politician: Ted Cruz. NRA favorite Cruz takes a wholly uncritical approach to working out how our “well-regulated militia” should evolve in the modern technological era. Cruz hasn’t yet taken a position on 3-D-printable guns. This is unacceptable.
Contrast this with the approach of his opponent Beto O’Rourke. Taught to shoot by his uncle, a sheriff’s deputy, he understands that with rights come responsibilities, and will act to keep Texans safe from gun violence. And since he doesn’t take PAC money, his allegiance is to Texans, not the bottom lines of gun manufacturers. As the challenges that face our society evolve, we need leaders who understand nuance and lead without fealty to special interest groups like the NRA.