The Sins of Senator Cornyn

 

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas has come under fire for his leadership in hashing out the gun control legislation that passed a critical hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday. The bill is opposed by the National Rifle Association and apparently, Cornyn’s efforts were not appreciated by the Texas GOP either. Texas Republicans viciously booed Cornyn at last week’s statewide convention in Houston.

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Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson has been particularly critical of Cornyn, a Republican, for selling out. Carlson took exception to Cornyn’s statement that anyone who disagrees with the compromise legislation is a low life and unethical.

Tucker Carlson: John Cornyn has decided to take guns from lawful gun owners

For conservatives, Cornyn worked with Democrats and that is selling out. It’s sinful. What is more, any move to restrict gun ownership is breaking the vows of American citizenship outlined in the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights. So what is in the bill that has conservatives — and Texas Republicans — up in arms?

According to the Texas Tribune, the compromise legislation includes the following:

  1. The legislation would enhance background checks for gun purchasers younger than 21;
  2. The bill will make it easier to remove guns from people threatening to kill themselves or others, as well as people who have been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence. The bill allows to restrict gun purchases by citizens convicted of domestic violence against their unmarried but intimate partners, closing what is known as the “boyfriend loophole.” Current law can only restrict those convicted of aggravated assault of partners to whom they are married or who have lived with the victim, or have had a child with the domestic violence victim;
  3. It clarifies who needs to register as a federal firearms dealer;
  4. Cracks down on illegal gun trafficking, including so-called straw purchases, which occur when the actual buyer of a firearm uses another person to execute the paperwork to buy on their behalf.
  5. $11 billion for mental health services and $2 billion for community-based anti-violence programs.
  6. Money to help young people access mental health services via telemedicine,
  7. Money for more school-based mental health centers and support for suicide hotlines.

The sticking point for many Republicans are the “red flag” aspects of the bill. That is, how do authorities implement the second provision above, to restrict gun ownership of people threatening to kill themselves or harm others?

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, attends a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on domestic terrorism, Tuesday, June 7, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, attends a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on domestic terrorism, Tuesday, June 7, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Does this mean if someone were to screen record a Snapchat video of a person joking about killing themselves could have his or her guns taken away. Would that evidence, if presented, convince authorities to pull that person’s right to own a gun? And who could present this evidence?

According to U.S. Law Shield, in some states that already have red flag laws in place, a family member can petition a state court to temporarily remove firearms. Likewise, in some states the list of eligible petitioners can include school officials, health care workers, and even coworkers. Everyone is Big Brother.

There are 19 states plus the District of Columbia that have some version of red flag laws in place. This legislation will incentivize with grants and federal dollars other states to implement similar red flag laws. Conservative news website Breitbart headlined the “red flag” legislation as denying gun purchases to those without adequate “social credit,” harkening the citizen control systems in place in Chairman Xi Jinping’s modern China.

“Massive deep state power grab with ‘Red Flag’ laws,” screams a Breitbart headline.

The National Rifle Association who ranks Cornyn very favorably in its ratings (until now), opposes the Cornyn compromise legislation. The gun lobby warned that the bill, officially called the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, will hand “federal dollars to fund gun control measures being adopted by state and local politicians.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, told the Senate floor that the bill, if it becomes law, will “save lives.”

“While it is not everything we want, this legislation is urgently needed, Schumer said.

Cornyn is among 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats who hammered out the bipartisan language of the bill in the wake of the mass shooting in Uvalde. Heading the effort were Democrat Senators Christopher S. Murphy of Connecticut and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. On the Republican side of the negotiations were Cornyn and Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina.

A Tuesday night vote of 64-34 in favor of the legislation was a test vote. Schumer intends to bring the bill up for final passage by the end of this week. After the bill passes the Senate, it will go to the House controlled by the Democrats where it will likely pass. Since the bill is expected to be passed with a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate this week before proceeding to the House, it could be on the president’s desk to be signed into law in July.

Senator Cornyn’s term ends in 2027 and his re-election campaign is in 2026. This is over four years for Texas Republicans to forget about John Cornyn’s sins.

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So basically, the “sins” of Cornyn are that he is a proponent of a common sense law that is really just an olive branch to Americans who are fed up with the National embarrassment of mass shooters every week, children being murdered at schools, and even the police too afraid of armed citizens with high velocity guns to be able to protect anyone. He worked with Democrats??!? Well shuck my corn.  
So we shouldn’t want LE to flag violent threats or react to people (men) who have a documented history of violence against their partner to temporarily remove their guns or keep them from walking out of a store with an arsenal while in a fit of emotional (usually temporary) rage? (This, from the same proponents of TX GOP measures to put a fierce target/bounty on a woman and anyone who aids her when she seeks to terminate a pregnancy at the earliest stage.)

For all of the fear-mongering of extreme leftists, of which there are some (but they do not represent Democrats as a whole), the Republicans need to check their own extremists. Religion and values are not dominated by the Republican party.  All Democrats aren’t godless and anti-gun extremists. We can find compromise and balance like we always have since before 1776 if common sense could become more politically favorable. Turn off the rhetoric. Snooze your social media with its foreign propaganda posing as ‘funnies’. Read actual news from actual journalists that went to school for it and went into debt for it and want recognition by their peers and get fact-checked by those peers. Stop listening to your drunk uncle. Stop insisting on your own point of view for all of us. That’s not democracy. 

Won’t make everything better might not fix a thing but it’s an attempt.  The one thing everyone seems to agree on, no matter how misguided, is that mental health is a huge cause.  This would directly combat that. 

Van, Fri, 06/24/2022 - 08:27

Virtue signaling, no impact because most of the violent gun crime occurs in urban areas controlled by soft on crime democratic politicians.

Van, Fri, 06/24/2022 - 08:29

Only a good guy with a gun will stop a crazed individual with a gun.

Yeah, that worked really well in Uvalde... nineteen kids and two teachers too late, of course.  Just maybe it would have been better to keep a military-style weapon away from that bastard.

Van, Fri, 06/24/2022 - 10:08

That is a result of the adults not doing what needed to be done.

It's also a result of some moronic kid's being allowed to legally buy not one but two military-style weapons, which is a style of weapon no civilian should be allowed to own at any age.

Multiple "Good guys with guns" did not stop this turd until twenty-one people were dead, so don't give me that "Good guy with a gun" crap.

 

He should’ve never made it inside that school, but law enforcement completely failed to the point of being criminal. Boston bombers didn’t need guns to do more carnage, just needed a pressure cooker. The answer is not gun control 

A lot more folks have been killed by firearm violence than bombs in this country.  The Boston Marathon bombers killed a fraction of those killed in Uvalde, although admittedly the numbers wounded in Boston were significant.

THE answer is, as you state, not gun control.  Gun SAFETY, which includes reduced access to certain types of weapons (I loathe the very concept of military-style weapons in the hands of civilians), comprehensive background checks (no exceptions), very strong and strongly enforced Red Flag laws, greater penalties for any crime committed with a firearm or by a perp simply carrying a firearm, abolition of the sale of large capacity magazines for any semiautomatic weapon, buyback programs to reduce the number of overly lethal weapons already in circulation, mandating licensing and training for anybody seeking to carry a firearm (the notion of anyone's being allowed to carry Just Because is moronic), improving the means by which troubled individuals who should not be allowed access to firearms are identified and treated... that would be a good start.

The "Good guy with a gun" notion failed miserably in Uvalde.  Trained, well-equipped LEOs screwed that whole deal up.  When I think of some wannabe Rambo type packing thinking he/she is going to go into Hero mode should the occasion arise, I see most of these clowns thinking they are fit to deal with combat situations when they most likely see the range once or twice a year, have never undergone true firearm proficiency training, and probably don't even clean their damn weapons after taking them out for a shoot.  I do NOT want someone like that cranking off rounds should they see a Bad Guy and try to go into Save The World persona.  I know a couple of guys I might trust to pull that off, but that's all.

It's a complicated problem with no easy answers.  As I have said before, I own firearms... including two semiautomatic pistols with neither of them  having a large capacity magazine.  I suddenly feel the urge to take them out for a shoot and will likely put a box of rounds through both.  I will then bring them home, tear them down, clean them, and put them away.  I feel no need to own an AR-15 type weapon, since these things tend to increase testosterone while reducing the brain size of the owner.  That's a bad combination.

Peace, amigo.  We disagree on much, but I don't think you're a bad guy.

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