Are Statues Of Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston The Only Ones Holding Weapons At The U.S. Capitol?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Alain StephensApril 18, 2018 10:00 am,

A Texas activist proudly declared that the statues of Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston are the only ones in the U.S. Capitol holding a rifle or sword.

In a March email, Jonathan Saenz who heads Texas Values, wrote, “I gazed up at the carvings and paintings that tell America’s glorious story, smiling that Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston’s statues were the only ones holding a rifle or a sword. I was reminded about the truth of all that is exceptional about America and Texas.”

Is that a fact? Gardner Selby of the Politifact Texas fact-checking team has the answer.

Hear how Jonathan Saenz’s claim scored in the player above.


Written by Angela Bonilla.