Republican Party of Texas Fires Pro-Gun Activist

Rachel Malone at ralley
Rachel Malone at ralley

U.S.A. -(  Choice of personnel indicate your policy. You are who you hire..and fire. The Republican Party of Texas terminated their director of operations, Rachel Malone. Ms Malone was a grassroots activist before she was hired by the Republican Party of Texas. She was a passionate second-amendment supporter. She thought the existing gun lobbying groups in Texas fell short in their promised results. Malone started  her own, one-person gun rights lobbying organization. She monitored bills and asked others to speak up when she testified. She learned how the Texas Senate conducts business and passes legislation. She also learned how the Texas Republican Party sets the party’s agenda. Therein lies the problem.

In theory, local caucuses meet to establish an agenda and nominate  to state conventions. This was supposed to be the voice of the people talking to their future elected officials. In fact, real grass-roots activism challenges the powerful status quo. Democracy frightens the-powers-that-be.

Malone was originally speaking to pro-gun and conservative groups across the state. She explained how the political system was supposed to work. She explained how a politically active group could get things done.

That is when the State Republican party noticed her. When a county chairman was elected to head the republican state organization, he pulled Rachel along. Frankly, it was easier to have her inside their tent than generating activism outside. That was the thinking for a year.

It didn’t work out that way in practice. Rachel Malone showed conservative republicans how to press the Party’s grassroots-driven agenda from the ground up. What happens when the Party’s stated principles differ from the personal priorities of elected officials? That is when the phone calls start.

Our elected officials will follow the agenda set by the least in theory. In practice, these entrenched officials follow their self-interests. They want to promote legislation that matches their personal beliefs and the interests of their large donors.

It all comes down to money and power. These elected officials spoke and Texas state party officials listened. They wanted to keep their job after all. Rachel Malone was terminated the next day.

Malone wasn’t released because she was ineffective or abrasive. She was fired because democracy is inconvenient for elected officials.

That is a frequent problem. Rachel generated widespread excitement. The Texas Republican Party had an energetic base of activists and volunteers. They asked the system to follow its own rules and take guidance from the citizens. So much for theory.

I’ve written my own elected officials and said something similar. Politicians ask us for money. I write back and remind them of what they said when they ran for office. I’ll donate again when they live up to their own words. That frightens some least in Texas. And, it should. For now my wallet is least to them..but I remain an activist.

If I were placing bets, I’d bet on Malone remaining an activist as well. Contact her at

About Rob MorseSlow Facts

The original article is here.  Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

  • 22 thoughts on “Republican Party of Texas Fires Pro-Gun Activist

    1. sounds to me like they have unleashed an attack dog who knows precisely where to inflict the most pain.

      they’d have been better off keeping her in and giving her so much work she couldn’t do any activism.

      now she’s loose. and they will regret it.

    2. We’re seeing the same problem here in Ohio with RINOs in the Statehouse supporting a new Kasich-promoted gun control bill. In the process, they’re working to “table” a legitimate pro-2nd Amendment bill, despite having overwhelming pluraluties in both houses and a so-called Republican in the Governor’s office. As noted by another commenter, be careful who you vote for and make sure it’s NOT a wolf-like RINO in sheepdog clothing!

      1. Now that is freakin funny. I don’t remember reading anything about the NRA in this article. It’s not about the NRA, it’s about RINOs that vote for their big money donors. IOW,,,corrupt politicians doing the Texas two step.

        1. If you advocate for eliminating a right that our forefathers foresaw as necessary to protecting our freedom, you have proven yourself as anti-American. Feel free to leave and move to a country with freedoms that are granted by the all powerful government.

    3. Austin is the capital of Texas and is the liberal mecca of the state and an embarrassment to any decent human being. Had Rachel claimed to be a lesbian, no one in Austin would have messed with her and probably she would have been promoted.

        1. @OV, I have a barbecue in the planning and logistics stage. We have a chance to break the grip of the corrupt parties. Maybe, someday, we will get around to banning political parties. Maybe, I’ll start a new one, called the Barbecue Party!

    4. I met Rachel at an event, and was impressed with her drive and conviction. If she says that Abbot and team are turning against us,… then we need to look to other leaders for support and leadership. The RPT gets no more of my support until they start paying attention to we the people. This is not about those from out of state that are turning against the people this is our well established republican party leaders and fellow Texans. Rachel is informing us of what is really going on. Let’s support her in any and every way we can! Let’s get our elected leaders to do what they should be doing…. listening and doing the will of the people not following their personal agendas. We still have the choice to start draining the swamp.

    5. Over the past few years I have come to see demoRATS as really communists based on their agendas, and laws they have passed. Side-to-side comparisons between the 2’s agendas leaves one no doubt they are one and the same. Having said that, what has prevented democrats/liberals/progressives/communists from taking office as republicans? Nothing. How many so-called republicans are nothing more than wolves in sheep’s clothing? How many of the GOP are in reality communists/democrats? Look at their voting records. Look at how little they have done for the American people since winning both houses and presidency. They have had an opportunity to shut down ObozoCare – nothing done.
      With ALL the crimes of the Clintons and their “chief-in-staff-pimp” Obozo laid out in black and white NO ONE has been arrested, let alone even tried. Comey, Mueller & company have wasted our money with the Russian BS, when China is a bigger threat to this country.
      How long will it take for those in the public to take actions, like citizen’s arrest, etc.. to save this country. We are at the precipice with very little happening to change the course the communist/democrats (and do nothing GOP) are moving us towards. Wake the f*^k up Amerika!

      1. Bob K – at least one of the rinos (they do NOT deserve capitals) self-identified and decided not to run again – that would be the former house speaker Joe Straus – he was the single biggest obstacle to improving Texas gun (and knife for that matter) laws. Good riddance.

    6. If this is true, we need to hold the officials accountable! Unfortunately, the article was full of conclusions, but few facts, like what officials, and what was said to what party officials!

      1. I’ve known Rachel personally for a number of years. She worked hard to organize gun owners at the grass roots level in Texas. That is what got her hired by the TxGOP because she was good at it. What got her fired is that she publicly criticized Gov. Greg Abbott’s new “school safety” program that was long on gun control. Here is what she wrote when she announced her dismissal:

        “It’s been an adventure-filled year working for the Republican Party of Texas. Unfortunately, it’s come to an end as suddenly as it began. Yesterday I arrived at work to learn that my services are no longer needed at the Party.

        “As I hope you know, my personal mission is to advance firearms freedom in Texas. I accepted this position with the strong hope that it would allow me to carry out that mission in bigger and better ways while I also fulfilled all of my other duties. It’s been an honor to pour my heart and soul into Party work to help the RPT grow into the organization so many of us had envisioned.

        “However, as we’ve seen many on the Republican side in the past few months suggesting that gun control might be the answer after all, I’ve been disappointed at the underwhelming response from the Party. This is why you’ve seen me putting in even longer hours to invest personal time in speaking up for our right that defends all others, including a couple of minutes at state convention where I put on my delegate hat to testify on the gun-related issues that I strongly believe to be within the will of the delegates.

        “Unfortunately, this has not sat well with some of our elected officials, who have made life difficult for the Chairman. As a result, the Chairman has directed that I move on from RPT employment after today.

        “Since I’ve talked a lot about my role on here, I felt it was only fair to give you an honest update. It is not my desire to see discord as a result of this — please, don’t let this distract any of us from our missions.

        “I will absolutely be staying involved in grassroots activism as my personal mission has not changed: I want to make activism accessible to the everyday Texan and pass constitutional carry in Texas. I hope I can count on you to stand with me in that.”

    7. There you go Texas, your first steps towards becoming California. You’ve heard about all of the scum pouring out of Cali looking for that better place? This is them at work on destroying your state now. Liberals, leftists more, are a virus. Look up the definition and behavior of a virus and tell me they do not fit the textbook definition. Human beings naturally want to populate an area and establish an equilibrium with their new environment but left its move in and destroy and consume everything.

      1. Beginning to think they are ” looking for a better place ” is a disguise . Soros , / Bloomburg financing people to move in get elected and start to destroy ? Look at the west coast for instance and Jersey .

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