Senator Cornyn booed by Texas GOP convention delegates over gun policy talks
Before he could say a word, the boos descended on Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) during his speech at the Texas GOP convention.
After stepping onto the podium, about a minute and a half passed before Cornyn could even begin his speech. The crowd’s objections were a direct response to Cornyn’s role in the U.S. Senate in bartering a gun reform bill pushed in the wake of the Uvalde shooting.
Cornyn knew full well he was walking into the lion’s den, saying, “I will not endorse any restrictions for law-abiding gun owners, and that’s my red line. And despite what some of you may have heard, our plan does.
Quoting conservative star William F. Buckley, the founder of National examCornyn added: “Someone has to stand through history, shouting stop.”
Each time he repeated this formula, the crowd responded by shouting “Stop!” in Corny.
The senior Texas senator received applause as she touted Trump-appointed judges and pro-life legislation, and criticized critical race theory and rising crime rates.
Just after Cornyn left the stage, Attorney General Ken Paxton took the stage and tacitly shot the senator – with whom he had already argued.
“We have Republicans trying to run away from the fight (to preserve gun rights), and we need to remember their names the next time they’re on the ballot,” Paxton warned. Earlier this month, Paxton said Texas “will be the first to sue” if the federal government passes a gun bill that “infringes on our Second Amendment rights.”
This week, Cornyn said that discussions on the bipartisan gun bill have reached a speed bump, specifically citing red flag laws as a point of tension.
Cornyn is not eligible for re-election until 2026, having won hands down in 2020.