After 19 young children and two teachers were killed in an elementary school massacre in his district last year, Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) joined a bipartisan effort to pass gun control legislation that expanded criminal background checks and barred some domestic abusers. of the purchase of arms.
The Republican Party in his home state is now punishing him for it.
Gonzales was one of 14 House Republicans last year who supported Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-TX) gun control bill, which also provided more funding for programs that help law enforcement to get weapons out of the hands of unstable people and school security measures. When President Biden signed the bill into law last June, it was the first major gun control legislation passed by Congress in nearly 30 years.
But Gonzales’ support for that bill is just one of several reasons it has drawn outrage in Texas: The Texas Republican Party is also unhappy with his public comments in support of same-sex marriage in the last Congress and his current opposition to a Border Security Bill backed by Chip Roy and Kevin McCarthy.
The state Republican Party is expected to vote to censure Gonzáles this weekend, according to the San Antonio Report. If passed, the censure could affect his ability to raise funds and invite primary challengers when he is up for re-election next year.
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