As we’ve been covering here at The Truth About Guns, there’s an effort afoot by a group of Senate Republicans to give Second Amendment opponents something they dearly want: more gun control laws (and a rare election year win). Not only did they apparently make no effort to get anything in return for their “compromise,” but they don’t seem to understand that giving in to Senate Democrats is the wrong move if they care about the long term security of our rights.
The leader in this “negotiation” effort for the GOP in the Senate was Texas’s John Cornyn.
It would appear that Texas voters (you know, the people who keep sending Cornyn back to the Washington) are on board with our assessment of the deal he agreed to, and they aren’t happy with him. At all.
From a source in the room: “The video doesn’t do it justice. It was really bad.” As we reported last night, there’s a growing conservative backlash against Cornyn. https://t.co/ad0OjsYaEH
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) June 17, 2022
At the Republican Party of Texas convention in Houston this week, the Senator’s speech, was interrupted, from beginning to end, by the boos of the crowd. While he made every effort to tell the crowd exactly what they wanted to hear, his recent actions to jeopardize our gun rights, probably so that he can become the next leader of the Republicans in the Senate spoke too loudly for anyone to hear anything he was saying about “taking America back.”
Here’s another angle that captured the intensity of the crowd’s reaction . . .
BREAKING: Entire crowd of Texas Republicans boos John Cornyn for pushing red flag laws pic.twitter.com/fjmBnSWLh0
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 17, 2022
From the Houston Chronicle . . .
Before he could get a word in at the state Republican Party convention in Houston, the veteran senator was nearly shouted off the stage from the room of more than 8,000 party loyalists. It continued during much of his nearly 20-minute speech.
“No gun control!” the crowd jeered, even as Cornyn reiterated popular Republican talking points. When he promised the party would vote out President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, audience members shouted back, “You too!”
Convention attendees didn’t even want to be seen with Cornyn lanyards around their necks.
Convention staff have started coming over and collecting the Cornyn lanyards people are depositing after swapping out for a Scorecard lanyard. Here’s the most recent collection. We’re talking THOUSANDS.
Folks don’t want John “Compromisin’” Cornyn hung around their necks. pic.twitter.com/PFlsx9oJFo
— Michael Quinn Sullivan 🇺🇸 (@MQSullivan) June 16, 2022
And it wasn’t just the party faithful who expressed their dislike for Cornyn’s latest legislative achievement. The party’s platform committee adopted a resolution officially opposing the “gang of 20 gun control bill,” a clear rebuke of Cornyn.
LATE BREAKING: Texas GOP Platform Committee unanimously approves resolution rebuking Senator John Cornyn’s embrace of control gun measures.
“WHEREAS all gun controls measures are a violation of the Second Amendment and our God given rights.” pic.twitter.com/px0zZObAGV
— Election Wizard 🇺🇸 (@ElectionWiz) June 17, 2022
Texas’s other senator, Ted Cruz, has been skeptical of the deal, but he’s taken the same stance as the NRA and other gun right orgs so far — waiting to see the actual language of the bill when it’s written.
“It’s going to depend on the details, and I’m going to wait to see what specifically they put out,” Cruz said earlier this week. “When it comes to protecting our constitutional rights, the details matter, the legislative text matters.”
Cornyn was defiant after nearly being booed off the stage.
Senator Cornyn, after being booed and formally rebuked by the Texas GOP convention, reportedly said “I've never given in to mobs and I'm not starting today.”
So, a GOP senator views the Republican voters who elected him — and law abiding gun owners — as a mob to ignore? pic.twitter.com/BLzqdha7vh
— Spencer Brown (@itsSpencerBrown) June 17, 2022
No matter what he thinks of his constituents or the names he calls them, a quick look at Cornyn’s social media accounts makes it pretty clear that the beatings from constituents will continue until his stance on gun control improves. If ever.