Sen. John Cornyn Loudly Booed at Texas GOP Convention in Houston

Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), the lead Republican negotiator for gun control legislation in the U.S. Senate, was roundly booed Friday when he took the stage at the state’s GOP convention in Houston.

The boos reportedly grew louder when he mentioned the gun legislation that is currently being crafted in the Senate in response to the recent spate of mass shootings in the United States. Cornyn told the GOP faithful at the George R. Brown Convention Center that the legislation is about “making sure violent criminals and the mentally ill can not buy firearms.”

Cornyn insisted that he is “passionate” about the Second Amendment and would never agree to a provision that would restrict the rights of current, law-abiding gun owners.

“That primarily means enforcing current law. That’s what I’ve heard from many of you here today and this week and that’s what we’re working on, nothing more and nothing less,” he said.

“If we’re gonna change anything in this country, it should not be the right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms. That’s what I made clear to my fellow senators who approached me, asking me to work on mental health and school safety legislation. I said, ‘Let’s see if we can find a better way of enforcing existing law and keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill,'” Cornyn told fellow Republicans.

Senate negotiators have come to a tentative deal, which includes a mix of gun control proposals and funding for mental health services.

It would incentivize states to pass red flag laws, which are designed to keep guns out of the hands of individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others; boost funding for mental health services, telehealth resources and more school security; permit juvenile records to be incorporated into background checks for purchasers under the age of 21; and crack down on the straw purchase and trafficking of guns.

Republican convention-goers appeared skeptical that the gun control legislation would be anything but a restriction of their 2nd Amendment rights.

Earlier in the day, scores of them reportedly threw away their badge lanyards because they had Cornyn’s name on them.

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Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.