Strange California Billboard Scare Tactic: Don’t Move to Texas!?

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)-—  New billboards have sprouted in San Francisco and Los Angeles, according to several online sources, including Twitter, Reddit, and the New York Post.

From the New York Post:

Mysterious new billboards are warning California residents not to move to Texas, as record numbers of residents flee the soft-on-crime Golden State for better quality of life in red states.

“The Texas Miracle died in Uvalde. Don’t move to Texas,” the billboards read, alongside a hooded figure and a crossed-out “Don’t mess with Texas” slogan.

The billboard seems to follow the trend of the anti-gun media and those who wish the population disarmed, of using mass murder to scare people into doing what the politicians want.

While mass school murders, such as those in Uvalde, Texas, are exceedingly rare, the media attempt to make them appear to be everyday occurrences.

Those who wish the population disarmed then try to tie the unpopular policy of disarming the public to safety, as if such a policy would stop mass murder incentivized by the Media.

It is unclear who is paying for the billboards, and just as unclear is what the purpose of the billboard’s message is.

According to SFGate, one billboard is on the corner of Folsom and 7th in San Francisco.

Some claim the purpose is to demonize Texas and stop the rampant flow of productive people and assets from California to Texas. Tesla and Oracle are two recent examples.  People who find freedom attractive might decide the billboard sends them a message of freedom. Others claim the purpose is to keep people who favor gun control from moving to Texas. People who had guns might be deterred from moving to Texas.

Newsweek found a professor who said the billboard was designed by an amateur because of its conflicting messages.

From Newsweek:

“This is the lowest of the low. It’s bizarre. It’s amateurish,” he said. Cabot added that typically a billboard should be understood by the reader in three seconds. He said the anti-Texas billboards are confusing and people can’t understand them quickly.

Foxpoint Media, an advertising company out of Chicago, put up the billboard.  If the billboards were meant to drive traffic to and awareness of the advertising company, they are doing an excellent job.

Opinion:

This correspondent has seen plenty of billboards with a “made you look!” message designed to sell advertising on the billboards. Perhaps this is a clever way to bring attention to Foxpoint Media. Then, again, it appears to be a win-win for both sides in the political debate.

If the billboard deters Leftists from moving to Texas and keeps them in California, then that appears effective.

The billboard uses a common theme used by those who wish the population disarmed. It seems unlikely Second Amendment supporters put it up.  One of the ways to make advertising effective is to keep it simple and repetitive. Putting up billboards praising Texas Open Carry, Constitutional Carry, and support for the Second Amendment and self-defense would be simpler and more effective.

It would not repeat a common anti-Second Amendment theme.

Those who hate guns would be less likely to move to Texas. The message would not be ambiguous.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has meteorology and mining engineering degrees and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30-year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

Dean Weingarten

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Matt in Oklahoma

I agree. Stay and fix what y’all broke

PAF145

As someone that spent many years in Texas law enforcement -I consider the Uvalde chief a coward and an amatuer

Ope

PAF145, The “former” Uvalde police chief is a coward and an amateur. After the total cowardice involving hundreds of LEO’s from various jurisdictions at Uvalde, the state should pass a law criminalizing cowardice as a prosecution offense. The charge should be an enhanced felony when deaths occur because of that cowardice. They did nothing while 19 kids and teachers were being slaughtered !! These same scumbags (criminals in my opinion) are still patrolling the streets of Uvalde ?

BillyBobTexas

EXCELLENT!! Where do I sent my donation to make more signs??? I have a few bucks left over after donating to the Texas Busses to the northern sanctuary cities…..

TexDad

Hello from Texas.

I support this message.

Enemies of individual liberty need not apply.

Last edited 25 days ago by TexDad
GoodGuy729

Pretty sure Texas supports those billboards. After all, if they keep just one left wing nut job in California and off the voting rolls in Texas, it’s worth it!

JPM

The billboards are likely paid for by the State of Texas.

Mac

We here in Texas certainly don’t want any far left California types moving here. Stay where you are.

RAS

These Marxists Democrats are revolting. Makes our stomachs turn! Using the deaths of children at the hands of a mad man to push their anti-second Amendment agenda. I agree, Stay in the s**t hole Californication, where they even now provide sex toys to young children in kindergarten. Pathetic When will this stop?

Loid

This billboard in San Francisco was probably paid for by the people of Texas. Please stay in California.

Bill

Where can we send a donation to have more billboards set up in California?

Wild Bill

The problem is that the signs can not be effective because not enough people in Cal. read English.

Central PA Dan

…and TX says “Thank you”

PMinFl

Remember Parkland?? DONT MOVE TO FLORIDA,please.

Ope

Yep, I remember Parkland and those coward cops too. That scumbag chief Israel tried to convince everyone he wasn’t in charge and the slaughter wasn’t his fault either. The coward tried to blame other coward cops.

TGP389

Amen to that. And of you already moved here, leave.

Ope

“Texas, like a whole other country”

Boom

I bet Texas is paying for these billboards. Haha…

Keep them in Kalfornika…

……yeah, if there’s a nut anywhere in the country… he’ll find his way to Kalfornika

Ope

I sure hope the people in Kail. do exactly as the billboard suggests. Stay exactly where you’re at and out of TEXAS!

American Patriot

I’m sure Texas doesn’t want Californians moving there cuz they’ll still vote Democrat!!!!

Russn8r

I know a bunch who moved to TX in the last 5yrs, all more conservative than the typical Texas Republican. Same for Florida, which turned majority R voter reg last year, first time ever, thanks to “Heavy D” jamming the conservative agenda down. Want to keep lefties out? No compromise. Use all power at our disposal. Enact the entire conservative agenda.

Ope

TEXAS Governor Greg Abbott is doing an excellent job of busing thousands of illegal wetbacks from TEXAS to DC and NYC. I sure hope Abbott haven’t forgot about Kalifornia. They could also use thousands of those upstanding , hard working, tax paying Mexicans.

AZ Lefty

They are not illegal wetbacks you Racist Cretin./

Wild Bill

Well, they are not legal wetbacks.

archmark

Libtard Retard…

incorrigible

I try to not miss your comments! I need the laughs!

Wild Bill

Yeah,good humor, he thinks that we all are from … Crete!

Rodoeo

You forgot about the Haitian, Central American, and West African illegal wetbacks :).. send those too.

Ram

Government employees expecting a risk free career to a massive
pension. . . is a national problem. 376 armed LEO’s that never
heard the oaths they swore to uphold.

TGP389

Hopefully, Texas will sponsor more of these billboards, thereby limiting the number of antigun Calipornia crazies who might migrate.

Westerner

Hey California, why not build a wall to keep your liberal ideas and “tofu farting fairies” locked in (thanks Larry.) That way you won’t have to worry about an exodus to free states. We don’t want your cesspool spilling over and trying to change us to a communist state like yours.

hippybiker

All you liberals from “The Land of Fruits and Nuts.” Don’t co e to Florida unless you want to live by OUR Laws!
As the late author Robert Anson Heinlein so eloquently put it in 1942…”An armed society is a polite society manners are good when one may have back up his/her actions with their life.”

KK

Uvalde achieved everything the mandated protocol of “GUN FREE ZONES” is intended to achieve. Think about it. What do “GUN FREE ZONES” actually do? They DISARM all who would be there to defend and protect innocent life, insuring that the “ZONE” is a well publicized, VULNERABLE area waiting for a high body count mass murder event. They will NEVER stop even one mass murderer, in fact, just the opposite, murderers head straight to them knowing they will be free to kill UNOPPOSED! Well publicized high body count zones in-waiting for any and all mass murderers, in place, waiting, ALL ACROSS… Read more »

Last edited 24 days ago by KK
Russn8r

That “gun free” zone wasn’t in TEXAS, was it? I thought it was like a whole other country, with “Constitutional Carry”!

KK

Federal law for schools Russky
Even in Texas you are disarmed in schools.
I think in Texas they have pegs at the school doors to hang your six gun belts on as you go in.
(Unless you are a mass murderer of course, then you just walk right by)

Russn8r

States can still let districts choose e.g. ~TEXAS PC §46.03 “WEAPONS PROHIBITED on school premises unless written regs or authorization of the institution”

Last edited 24 days ago by Russn8r
Russn8r

Stop lying, scumbag. If fed law forbids states from allowing it, why do 1/3 of TEXAS schools allow it? Prove where anyone “explained” any such thing. In fact, a recent Ammoland article mentioned that TEXAS law leaves it up to each district in TEXAS.

You are an astonishing LOSER who will say ANYTHING, tell any lie, to snap at my jock.

Funny how I know more about both federal & TEXAS law than you do, OFFICER TEX!

Last edited 24 days ago by Russn8r
Xaun Loc

I’m not sure if the billboards were erected by a Kalifornia real estate broker, or perhaps by Texans.

There’s no telling what real estate brokers will try. I remember back in the late 1960’s seeing a billboard along the interstate in Virginia that proclaimed “LIVE SAFE IN PRINCESS ANNE, AWAY FROM THE WASHINGTON DC NUCLEAR TARGET AREA.” For those not familiar with the geography of the area but Princess Anne was about 8 miles from Oceana Naval Air Station and 20 miles from the Norfolk Navy Base (both certainly on the nuclear target list at that time).

Russn8r

“mass school murders like Uvalde are exceedingly rare.”

They’d be a lot more rare if TEXAS banned “gun free” zones & stopped relying on “resource” officers & poseur police to be there when you need them.

Rare or not, a score of kids is a big deal, created a lot more demand for gun control, and bought us some. Didn’t have to happen. Shouldn’t have happened. Same for El Paso. Abbott & Phelan actually expanded “gun free” zones with “ConCarry”.

Last edited 25 days ago by Russn8r
Russn8r

Of course, the Uvalde vics being dead due to gun control is lost on the ad buyers.

The Crimson Pirate

Funeral homes. One of the biggest lessons in Uvalde that everyone keeps missing is that it wasn’t ONLY the gun free school, or the ineffective resource offices, or the bad cops, or the unreported mental health issues, or the undocumented and ineffective visits by police in the months or years leading up to this, or the ineffective follow up to the 2019 shooting threat in the shooters previous grade and school that lead to this. The funeral home employee who was fired on first OUTSIDE THE FENCE called his wife and told her to bring him his gun because funeral… Read more »

Wild Bill

Yes, there were many factors … and those factors remain unfixed.

Russn8r

l0sdkrekkks

Last edited 25 days ago by Russn8r