I don’t even know where to start with this pathetic display of nonsense from the Texas Legislature and Department of Public Safety. It seems so much like something ripped from The Onion, but sadly, it’s not.
The Texas Department of Public Safety forced women to hand over their tampons and pads before entering the Senate chamber today. Not only that, but they were also forcing diabetics to hand over sugar packets and other diabetes supplies which are lifelines when dealing with low blood glucose levels.
And the kicker — those with concealed handgun licenses who wanted to enter the Senate chamber were not only allowed to keep their handguns, but they were allowed to bypass the long lines and enter through a “special” CHL (concealed handgun license) line.
Priorities, Texas style.
BurntOrangeReport.com had the scoop with their live blog of the day’s events as they watched everything unfold.
Let’s get one thing straight first off before we tackle the rest of this unbelievable jackassery. If I were showing up to an event like this and they told me I would have to dispose of my daughter’s diabetic supplies before gaining entry, I would have educated the idiots in charge at the Texas DPS on the law. The fact is, federal law prohibits discrimination against diabetics and also prohibits forcing them to go without the supplies they need to survive — whether it be on an airplane, at an event such as a concert or inside a government building. Try to take my daughter’s diabetes supplies — I dare you.
From my cold, dead hands.
And then we have them confiscating feminine needs products, which apparently Texas State Senator Kirk Watson was able to put an end to late this afternoon. Too late — the Texas Legislature is now the laughing stock of the world, with #tampongate trending on Twitter and classic graphics such as this circulating the internet:
So to summarize, the Texas Department of Public Safety was hard at work confiscating dangerous and deadly maxi-pads and tampons, as well as scary diabetic supplies, while Jimbob with his two teeth and his Ruger .380 was allowed immediate access to the Senate chamber. Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels like they’ve been transported on a first class ride to the Twilight Zone.
It’s a story so sickeningly shocking that it really makes you question humanity and how we got to this point. Kudos to everybody who showed up and had to deal with this nonsense first hand just to make their presence and feelings known, and shame on the morons who put these “rules” in place to start with. For anybody who was forced to hand over diabetes supplies and necessities, I’d encourage you to get in touch with the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES and let them know ASAP.