Senator Ted Cruz appears to have given up defending the rights of gun owners, and Texas’s Republican representatives are staying quiet in the face of creeping gun control.
Big League Politics contacted several Texas Congressmen, including Chip Roy, Dan Crenshaw, Randy Weber, and Brian Babin to ask for their thoughts on Cruz’s apparent support for a Democrat-led gun control push. None have responded thus far.
The Democrat controlled House has wasted no time passing gun control legislation over to the Republican-led upper chamber.
Now, the U.S. Senate is holding hearings on the so-called red flag gun confiscation bill, S.7, on Tuesday, a bill which has bipartisan support from Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democrat Senator Richard Blumenthal.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by recent Trump convert Lindsey Graham (R-SC), is the committee of jurisdiction holding the hearings. Sen. Graham could stop the Red Flag laws dead in their tracks if he so chose, or if Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) directed him to.
Bipartisan support for this red flag gun bill has caused pro-gun organizations like Gun Owners of America to stand up in opposition, as BLP recently reported.
Once the Texas senator was given the mic, he gave his two cents on the red flag bill, describing mass shootings as an “epidemic” during his testimony at the hearing. Cruz’s testimony was temporarily derailed by a gun control activist who interrupted the proceedings, yelling, “End Gun Terror!” and was quickly escorted off the premises by security.
Once the commotion settled, Cruz went back to his testimony. “I do think extreme risk laws, of the kind we’re discussing can potentially be part of the solution set,” Cruz said.
Cruz’s seeming endorsement of red flag laws has worried some gun owners.
Georgia Gun Owners member Marjorie Taylor Greene, who’s currently in Washington D.C. talking to Senators and recently confronted David Hogg, claims that Senators like Ted Cruz may be caving in to anti-gun pressure because they “are being hammered” by gun control groups who relentlessly confront them at their offices.
It also does not help that establishment gun lobbies have put forward lukewarm efforts to combat gun control.
Not too long ago, well-established gun lobbies like the National Rifle Association have given the green light on federal measures that would provide funding to states with red flag laws on the books. NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox went on record in support of red flag laws, saying “that we need to stop people before they act”.
Taylor Greene expressed her dissatisfaction with the NRA and called on everyday gun owners to take action against these gun control plots. She believes that there’s “overwhelming opposition” to red flag laws among regular gun owners across the nation.
Red flag gun confiscation orders are the most popular form of gun control legislation that gun control advocates are rallying around these days. Several states such as Florida and Maryland have adopted these laws since the 2018 Parkland shooting.
Now the momentum is carrying over to the federal level.
S.7 should be expecting further hearings in the future.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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