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Bridget Johnson

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April 18, 2013 - 10:18 am

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) accused President Obama by taking the low road with his press conference after yesterday’s gun-control amendment votes.

“The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill,” Obama said in a long denouncing of his opponents in the Rose Garden.

“[I] say this more with sadness than anger — I watched the president of the United States say it was a pretty shameful day for Washington on the national news. That was yesterday. And I agree but for different reasons than the president himself articulated,” Cornyn said today on the Senate floor.

“When good and honest people have honest differences of opinion about what policies our country should pursue when it comes to the Second Amendment and gun rights and mass gun violence, the president of the United States should not accuse them of having no coherent arguments or caving to the pressure,” he said. “The president could have taken the high road, could have said, ‘Ok now that we have been unsuccessful in these measures, let’s move on to area where we know there is consensus, and that has to do with the mental health element in so many of these mass gun tragedies.’ But instead, he chose to take the low road. And I agree with him, it was a truly shameful day.”

Cornyn said he’s not beholden to gun-rights lobbyists, but to his constituents.

“And no, those of us who did not agree with the president’s proposals are not being intimidated, as he said yesterday. And it’s false — it’s absolutely false to say it comes down to politics, as he said,” the senator continued.

“Instead of calling the president names and taking the low road, like he did yesterday, and chastising my fellow senators for their good-faith disagreement and the best policies to pursue in order to make sure these families’ loss was not in vain, I’m here to ask for his help. I’m here to ask for every Members’ help, to try to make sure that we actually continue to look for measures that we might be able to get behind to actually make things better, that would have offered up a solution to some of these problems.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Or could it just be that the gun-loving people of Texas rang his phone off the hook and let him know exactly how strongly they felt about this? When the people show they care, then suddenly the politicians do care. If you want them to have spines, you have to give them reasons for having spines. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
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Methinks our preening peacock of a President managed to pluck his own feathers.
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He is a petulant child. That's why he is called the narcissistic brat.
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Sounds like another sore-loser rant from the Prez. He really is a very petty man.
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The purpose of passing laws is not "to make sure these families’ loss was not in vain." I sympathize with their loss, but I'm not going to give up my freedoms so a handful of grieving people will feel better. Congress wants to help them? Give them some money for group therapy or something. Don't screw with everyone else's life.
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Cornyn wants to be reelected.
Maybe he hasn't sold out enough for his own profit? No other explanation for him finding a spine at this late date.
Thanks Again Mr Ted Cruz.
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Or could it just be that the gun-loving people of Texas rang his phone off the hook and let him know exactly how strongly they felt about this? When the people show they care, then suddenly the politicians do care. If you want them to have spines, you have to give them reasons for having spines. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
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