September 21, 2018, marked the first of a series of three debates for the Texas Senate race. Many Texans sat at the front of their television, computer, or cell phone to be able to hear and educate themselves on the mind of two candidates for the Texas Senate race. On one hand, we have Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican, who is re-running. Ted Cruz spend almost the whole debate defending the record of progress and accomplishment he has gotten since he was elected. He also addresses issues such as gun control, and his views on certain topics such as Obamacare. On the other hand, you have Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat, who is challenging Ted Cruz. Beto O’Rourke who wants stricter gun control and who strictly stated that he is aware of white privilege and wants to end it. Throughout the whole debate, both candidates stated various of their positions. Some which I agree with, and some which I simply can’t.
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I agree with Congressman Beto O’Rourke position in gun laws. We need gun control. I’m not saying that we should neglect the second amendment. I am saying that I agree with the position Beto O’Rourke took on this matter. He stated, “I think Texas is ready for a senator who would defend the second amendment but also ensure that we can protect lives…”. In other words, he’s saying that having a better background check or stricter laws on guns, doesn’t mean that the second amendment is being ignored. Really, it means that people’s life should be prioritized more than guns. He proceeds to mention how some victims of gun violence declare that we need stricter laws. One of the most important points that he makes is when he compares a hand-weapon to a gun. A hand weapon wound, if it’s treated in time, would be able to cure; a machine designed to kill, will most likely kill in an instance or cause the victim to bleed to death.
A second position that I like, is race injustice, once again stated by Beto O’Rourke. The case of Botham Jean, a black man who was killed in his own house, is brought up. The congressman response was, “African Americans represent 13 percent of the population in this country. They represent one-third of those who are shot by law enforcement. We have something wrong. If we have the largest prison population on the face of the planet and it is comprised of people of color, we have something wrong in this country.”. It is known that some parts of East Texas “ remain racially segregated”. As much as we want to cover our eyes and say that racism doesn’t exist anymore, that’s a lie. People are still being judged by their skin color. In this same topic, he addresses white privilege. He stated, “What I do know is that as a white man in this country, there is a privilege I enjoy that many African-American men and women do not. They do not have that second chance.” which is true. Many African-Americans are judged by their color and are not granted the opportunity to a second chance.
A third position is immigration. Ted Cruz criticized Beto O’Rourke because he believed that Dreamers should be granted citizenship, a view which I support. Humanly, you can’t deport someone to a country they never been to and don’t even know their language. That is like asking a toddler to cook dinner and expecting that he can manage on his own. It is simply impossible and wrong. You don’t know the damage you can cause to a child if you all of the sudden take him away from the place he knows as home.
However, as much as it may seem that I support almost all of Beto O’Rourke views, I don’t support his view on legalization of drugs. I know he explained that he didn’t mean that he would legalize all drugs, but it still worries some if many are legalize. He states that he wants to do it for medical purpose, but once is legal, would he be able to control it? He should worry more about stating that he would legalize it for medical purpose only, and not legalize it completely.