Wednesday, May 24, 2017

John Cornyn

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college

To give its commencement address, Texas Southern University invited Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) and two other Democratic lawmakers. However, the college wasted no time in disinviting Cornyn after liberals launched a petition on change.org.

According to Campus Reform, TSU, which is a historically black college, canceled Senator Cornyn’s invitation following a protest by liberals who opposed Cornyn’s scheduled speech. What’s noteworthy is that the petition did not take any issues up with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) being invited to deliver speeches at the event.

“We are voicing our stark opposition to the decision of having Senator John Cornyn speak at the TSU Commencement on May 13,” the online petition read.

“The decision to host Mr. Cornyn, as a keynote speaker sends the message that the policies and views he has advocated and supported, including both discriminatory policies and politicians, are acceptable by the university and subsequently the student body,” the petition continued.

The petition mentioned quite a few reasons for opposing Cornyn’s appearance at the event. Cornyn voting for Jeff Sessions’ appointment as attorney general and Betsy DeVos’ appointment as secretary of education was among the primary reasons for the opposition.

“These are just a few examples of Cornyn’s support of discriminatory policies and politicians,” the petition read. “Having a politician such as him speak at our institution is an insult to the students, to TSU, and to all [historically black colleges and universities].”

Announcing the cancellation of Cornyn’s invitation, a TSU representative stated that “it was done to ensure that our students and families enjoyed their special day,” the Texas Tribune reported.

“Commencement exercises are special moments for our students, their families and the entire university. Every consideration is made to ensure that our student’s graduation day is a celebratory occasion and one they will remember positively for years to come,” the statement read

Responding to TSU’s decision of not inviting the senator to speak its commencement, Cornyn’s office responded, saying, “Senator Cornyn was honored to be invited to address TSU’s graduates, but he respects the Administration’s decision and looks forward to continuing to engage with the University in the future.”

Both Jackson-Lee and Al Green delivered speeches at the ceremony.

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Gun Control

The House of Representatives was the site of a sit-in last week where dozens of Democrats sat inside protesting and demanding a change to gun control.

This week, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said the House will vote on new gun control measures that will help prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing guns.

Also on the docket, the House will work on a terrorism package that will be aimed at disrupting recruitment and radicalization.

The vote on the gun control measure still isn’t defined very well. There are several bills that could be brought to the floor that will help disrupt terrorists, but the House is divided.

Some like Texas Senator John Cornyn’s bill that requires the Feds to prove that a person is a terrorist to stop the purchase of a firearm. Democrats want the bill to cover “probable cause” instead of “proof” that someone is a terrorist.

The NRA supports Cornyn’s bill but does not support the “probable cause” direction the Democrats want to go.

The Democrats want to take it a step further and ban anyone on any terrorism watch list or even the no-fly list from buying a gun.

The major concern with the “no-fly no-buy” campaign is there are many people on those lists that are not any threat at all. When a person is added to a watch list, they are not told nor do they have a real system to challenge the ruling.

Although Speaker Ryan called the sit-in a “publicity stunt”, it is clear he is trying to bring the House together by calling a vote. What they will vote on next week is up in the air, but they are going to vote.

Do you think that Speaker Ryan should call for a vote? Let us know in the comments below.

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