The Brief: Top Texas News for Jan. 17, 2013

The Big Conversation

Sweeping new gun-control efforts this week have provoked a fierce reaction — and even an ad campaign — in Texas.

On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Perry, a staunch gun rights supporter, lashed out against President Obama's newly unveiled proposal, which urges Congress to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and to require background checks for all gun sales.

"The piling on by the political left, and their cohorts in the media, to use the massacre of little children to advance a pre-existing political agenda that would not have saved those children, disgusts me, personally," Perry said in a statement ...

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