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Texas Land Commissioner Jokes About Shooting Opponent (Again)

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson
Photo courtesy Jerry Patterson campaign website
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is a big advocate for gun rights (He helped write the state's concealed carry law.), and he likes to joke occasionally about "shooting" his political opponents.

Gun-toting incumbent land commish Jerry Patterson is once again having a laugh over the idea of shooting his political opponents.  This time, the target is Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner, Hank Gilbert.

Dallas Morning News reporter Christy Hoppe reports how Patterson "shoots from the lip."

Jerry Patterson at an early voting GOP rally managed to jump from national politics into the acrimonious contest for Agriculture Commissioner, telling incumbent Todd Staplesthat if he were running against DemocratHank Gilbert, "I think I would have shot him by now, if I was you."

Patterson later said he was joking, of course.  But it's not the first time he made a ruse of attacking an opponent with the loaded firearm he carries at all times. Early in 2010, he joked about shooting his Democratic opponent for land commissioner, Hector Uribe.

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.