U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) was loudly booed at the Republican Party of Texas Convention in Houston, where the state GOP adopted a resolution condemning the bipartisan gun control framework he has negotiated in the Senate.
As Cornyn took the stage to speak Friday afternoon, members of the audience chanted “no red flags” and “say no to Cornyn,” drowning out his remarks with furious objections to the new gun control measures proposed by a gang of 20 senators in the wake of the elementary school massacre in Uvalde, Texas.
According to NPR’s the Texas Newsroom, many of the people attending the convention called Cornyn a RINO — Republican in name only — for being the lead Republican negotiator on the gun deal, which would fund mental health programs and incentivize states to pass “red-flag” laws.
Gun rights activists oppose red-flag laws, which permit authorities to seek a court order to take an individual’s firearms away if that person is believed to be a danger to themself or others, on the grounds that they have insufficient due process protections to prevent abuse.
The bipartisan framework would not enact a federal red-flag law, instead it would provide financial incentives to state governments that choose to enact such laws. It would also expand background checks for gun purchases to include the juvenile and mental health records of people under 21.
Cornyn attempted to defend the bipartisan deal during his speech, telling Texas Republicans it would include “more mental health resources, more support for our schools and making sure that violent criminals and the mentally ill cannot buy a firearm,” according to reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán. But the crowd was unwilling to listen.
Pictures posted on Twitter showed convention goers tossing lanyards with Cornyn’s name on them into the trash.
This is an excerpt from TheBlaze.
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