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OCT 14, 2013 - The Economist

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Texan politics: Glamour, guns and acts of God

Abbott, without a gun THE cover of Texas Monthly shows Greg Abbott sitting in a wheelchair, holding a shotgun. A Republican running for governor of Texas, his passion for firearms is hardly unusual. When he vows to defend the Second Amendment, that is about as brave as saying he won’t ban motherhood.Nonetheless, Mr Abbott is rather unusual, and rather brave. Since a falling tree paralysed him when he was 26, he has overcome both physical pain (for example, when bone fragments pierced his spinal cord) and daunting obstacles. The accident spurred him to outstrive his peers, first as a lawyer, ... Read More

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