Cornyn Previews Trip to Sutherland Springs this Sunday


In: All News   Posted 05/16/2019
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‘This Sunday, I have the honor of joining some of the most courageous, faithful, and inspiring Texans that I’ve ever met for the grand opening and dedication of their new church.’

‘The church became the site of the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history… In response, I introduced the Fix NICS Act to reform the system and ensure that all federal agencies accurately and correctly upload these required conviction records.’

‘No family, no congregation, no community should ever lose a loved one because of an entirely preventable crime. And I hope, because of this legislation, they never will.’

WASHINGTON – Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed his upcoming trip to Sutherland Springs for the dedication of First Baptist Church’s new sanctuary and recounted how the Fix NICS Act, legislation to strengthen the background check system, became law. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below, and video can be found here.

“This Sunday, I have the honor of joining some of the most courageous, faithful, and inspiring Texans that I’ve ever met for the grand opening and dedication of their new church. These men and women are part of a congregation at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.”

“The church became the site of the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history.”

“I joined the congregation one week after the shooting for their Sunday service, and it was an emotional experience, to be sure. I was there to offer what I could in terms of support and hope to this grieving community, but what happened was just the opposite. They were the ones giving me inspiration.”

“Under existing federal laws, the shooter was prohibited from even purchasing or possessing a firearm.”

“The Air Force had simply failed to upload this information into the background check system, so it wasn't there when this shooter bought those guns. In response, I introduced the Fix NICS Act to reform the system and ensure that all federal agencies accurately and correctly upload these required conviction records.”

“Each missing record represents a unique opportunity for someone like the shooter at Sutherland Springs to slip through the cracks, so we knew what we had to do to change that. I worked with my colleagues here in the Senate on a bipartisan basis, encouraging them to fix the Fix NICS Act.”

“I look forward to joining my friends at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs this week to honor those they lost and to celebrate the grand opening of their new worship center and education building.”

“No family, no congregation, no community should ever lose a loved one because of an entirely preventable crime. And I hope, because of this legislation, they never will.”