Texas Senator John Cornyn was heavily booed by the audience at Friday’s (June 17) Texas GOP convention in Houston for his role in negotiating a gun control bill with the Democrats. Grassroots citizens fear their 2nd Amendment rights will be compromised away on gun control.
Some grassroots Republican activists have labeled Cornyn a “RINO” — short for “Republican in name only” — for his role in brokering a gun deal after the Uvalde shootings. As a result, convention delegates chanted “no red flags” and “say no to Cornyn” during his speech Friday afternoon.
Their concern is that Cornyn has called for stricter gun restrictions, such as financial incentives for states to enact and enforce “red flag laws” that allow law enforcement to confiscate guns from citizens under certain circumstances. Cornyn also supports expanded background checks to include the juvenile records of people under twenty-one.
American citizens have seen the government’s power and authority grow since the 1960s while their rights have shrunk. Citizens do not need more laws that limit their rights. Instead, we should punish criminals and hospitalize the mentally ill. People who are productive, law-abiding, and responsible should not have their rights limited.
Cornyn should be careful in negotiating with Democrats who want to control and transform America. Leftists have always wanted to take over America “by any means necessary,” including deceit.
The 2nd Amendment is meant for people to protect themselves from tyrants, not only for hunting. Cornyn needs to listen to the grassroots constituents.