GOP Sen. John Cornyn (TX) got a rude reception at the Texas GOP convention on Friday just because he has been working with Senate Democrats on legislation that would help control access to guns by those with mental health issues.
NBC News notes that Cornyn was roundly heckled and booed as he spoke:
During Cornyn’s speech, some audience members could be heard booing and chanting “no red flag,” an apparent reference to state laws 3that allow guns to be confiscated from people considered a danger to themselves or their community. Amid the backlash, Cornyn insisted there were certain lines he would not cross in the bipartisan talks.
Cornyn told attendees:
“I will not under any circumstance support new restrictions for law-abiding gun owners, that will always be my red line. And despite what some of you may have heard, the framework that we are working on is consistent with that red line.”
But that did nothing to placate the crowd, with Jeremy Wallace of the Houston Chronicle reporting:
“US Sen John Cornyn gets viciously booed during much of his speech here at the Republican Party of Texas Convention. Here’s his closing remarks and the cascade of boos.”
US Sen John Cornyn gets viciously booed during much of his speech here at the Republican Party of Texas Convention. Here’s his closing remarks and the cascade of boos. pic.twitter.com/m2Hua9WdrV
— Jeremy Wallace (@JeremySWallace) June 17, 2022
Jonathan Swan of Axios said the booing was even worse than it sounds on the video:
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.
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
The legislation being discussed by the bipartisan group of senators, according to CNN, would include the following provisions:
- One of the most significant pieces of the framework is helping states create and implement so-called red flag laws, which are aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves or others.
- The proposal also includes “major investments to increase access to mental health and suicide prevention programs; and other support services available in the community, including crisis and trauma intervention and recovery.”
- The senators said the legislation will address the so-called boyfriend loophole, which deals with whether unmarried partners could keep guns if they were found guilty of violence against a dating partner.
- The other major change in the legislation is issuing a more thorough review process for people between ages 18 and 21 who go to buy a gun like an AR-15.
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