Cornyn’s Bid For Senate Leadership Sparks Gun Rights Controversy

Gun Owners of America (GOA) has expressed strong opposition to Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-TX) as a potential replacement for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The GOA is a grassroots organization devoted to defending the Second Amendment that finds Cornyn to be openly hostile to the Second Amendment.

GOA Federal Affairs Director Aidan Johnston said in a statement for the group: “The Senate deserves a conservative pro-gun leader, and John Cornyn is not that person.” 

The primary point of contention is Cornyn’s instrumental role in passing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. The law makes it easier for states to enact “red-flag” laws that can deny fundamental rights to law-abiding citizens without due process. Johnston has described the law as a “gross infringement” of fundamental constitutional rights.  

Cornyn’s legislative actions, particularly his collaboration with Democrats on gun control measures, have not only drawn criticism from the GOA but also from the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR). Dudley Brown, President of NAGR, labeled Cornyn as “the most anti-gun Republican in Congress,” underscoring the discontent among gun rights proponents. Even Joe Biden has described the establishment Republican Cornyn’s stance on gun control as “rational.” Second Amendment advocates know that if a Democrat describes a Republican as “rational,” that simply means they are willing to negotiate away fundamental rights.

Cornyn’s bid for Senate leadership occurs as McConnell, the long-standing GOP leader, announced he is stepping down in November. The upcoming transition period presents a pivotal moment for the Republican Party as there will certainly be competition between establishment neoconservatives like Cornyn and Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and America First Trump-supporters like Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT) and J.D. Vance (R-OH) to guide the Party going forward. 

The backlash from influential gun rights organizations like GOA and NAGR highlights a broader debate within the Republican Party and among its conservative base. In this critical election year, it is essential that every American who cherishes the rights protected by the Second Amendment make their voting decisions accordingly.

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  • G
    March 6, 2024

    There was nothing ‘bipartisan’ about that safer communities act – corny was simply the pawn that the dems/anti gun crowd used as the public face to fool sheeple into believing they really are ‘doing something’ about crime. Prove me wrong.

  • R
    March 6, 2024

    After 2 (TWO) Votes to eliminate the second AMENDMENT to the UNITED STATES Contitution,
    John Cornyn has already Lost my Vote. And at this point I will be Actively campaigning for his republican Opponent Provided that Opponent meet’s all the other Constitutional requirements, like Border control And Balanced budget.

  • LJ
    March 7, 2024
    Lucy J Pehl

    John Cornyn has been a disappointment as a Senator. He was a good AG and Judge in Texas but must have drunk the D.C. Kool-Aid.

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