Why Gun Owners Should Oppose John Cornyn as Senate Minority Leader

March 7, 2024 

In a significant shift within the Senate’s Republican hierarchy, Senator Mitch McConnell has announced his decision to step down as Senate Minority Leader come November. Senator John Cornyn of Texas quickly emerged as the first to throw his hat in the ring to fill McConnell’s shoes.

But Cornyn’s bid has sparked immediate concern among pro-gun Americans, who fear his leadership could further erode the Second Amendment rights due to his history of supporting gun control measures.

Cornyn, a central figure in crafting the 2022 Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA), has faced criticism for leading efforts that expanded and incentivized gun control nationwide. The BSCA, touted as a measure to prevent tragedies like the Uvalde school massacre, has been widely regarded as a failure by gun rights advocates, doing little to address the root causes of gun violence while imposing more restrictions on law-abiding gun owners.

During this massive political fight, Biden and Cornyn were thick as thieves, and Biden even referred to Cornyn as a “Rational Republican” on gun control.

The fallout from the BSCA’s passage was vividly illustrated at the 2022 Texas GOP state party convention, where Cornyn was met with a chorus of boos and chants of “no red flag” from attendees.

This opposition was not just a reaction to Cornyn’s stance but a reflection of widespread concern among Republicans and Second Amendment supporters about red flag laws that the BSCA incentivized states to adopt.

More troubling for gun rights proponents is the BSCA’s empowerment of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to pursue an aggressive agenda that could potentially ban all private firearm sales and lay the groundwork for universal gun registration.

The ATF’s rule change, defined in a controversial 108-page proposal and encouraged by the Biden administration to be further expanded in a leaked 1,300-page document, suggests a drastic redefinition of who qualifies as a “gun dealer.”

This redefinition is seen as a backdoor attempt to impose universal background checks and a de facto gun registry, circumventing federal laws explicitly prohibiting such a registry.

The implications of these moves have been stark, and coupled with the ATF’s “zero tolerance” policy leading to the crackdown on Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) over minor paperwork errors, things could get much, much worse for gun owners in the near future.

The case of Tom Harris, owner of the Sporting Arms Co. in Lewisville, Texas, exemplifies the potential for abuse under this policy. Despite being cleared of minor errors by the ATF during the Obama administration, Harris faced renewed scrutiny under the Biden administration, highlighting a broader effort to squeeze out small firearms dealers.

This expansion of federal power and the push for more stringent gun control measures have not gone unnoticed.

In 2021, it was revealed that the ATF had compiled a digital database containing nearly a billion firearm transactions. Efforts by the Biden administration to track firearm purchases through credit card merchant codes have been met with resistance, including legislative pushback from the Texas State Legislature, spurred by advocacy from Texas Gun Rights.

Did Cornyn unwittingly play right into the Left’s Universal Gun Registration scheme? Or was he complicit? Sadly, Cornyn’s history of capitulating to anti-gun Democrats on gun control was even happening when Republicans were in the majority!

Countless Americans have been funneled into the federal gun registry thanks to the 2018 FIX NICS gun grab that was penned by. . . you guessed it, John Cornyn.

Chris, any Republican who’s done this much damage to YOUR gun rights deserves to be kicked out of the party… not promoted to party leadership.

The push towards a universal gun registry and the potential for widespread confiscation echoes troubling precedents set in Australia, Canada, and the U.K., where similar registries were used to justify the banning and confiscation of firearms.

As Biden continues advocating for the banning of all semi-automatic guns, Cornyn’s leadership bid raises significant concerns for those who champion the Second Amendment, prompting calls for increased scrutiny and opposition from pro-gun Texans and advocacy groups.

Click here to tell Senator Cruz and Senator Cornyn that you OPPOSE Cornyn as Senate Minority Leader.

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