West Calls Out Cornyn on Violence Against Women Act

Says Cornyn Can Find Time To Vote on Animal Abuse, But Not Protecting Women

DALLAS—Calling it a “ridiculously faulty argument,” State Sen. Royce West on Thursday said U.S.Senator John Cornyn’s blaming his chamber’s failure to vote on re-aurhorizing the Violence Against Women Act on Democrats and impeachment was nothing more than more ridiculous political theater from the incumbent.

“He knows better. John Cornyn knows that one three-letter word has been used by Republicans to obstruct this bill because of provisions it contains about guns. That word is NRA,” West said.

“John Cornyn and his cronies won’t pass the VAWA because it contains red-flag law provisions, which would allow states to regulate possession of firearms by people who have histories of stalking, sexual assault, and domestic violence,” West said.

“Cornyn can blame impeachment for the delay all he wants but let’s face it—this argument has been ongoing since the the government shutdown in 2018. It is being held up by the NRA’s corrupt money,” West said.

“John Cornyn and the Republican-led Senate found the time to pass an act to prevent animal cruelty and torture (which I support), but they can’t find time to get in a room and hash out their differences on an act that will save women’s lives,” West said. “It speaks volumes about how much John Cornyn cares about women and everyday Texans versus how much he cares about supporting the NRA,” West said.

“Frankly, Cornyn’s conduct isn’t just disappointing, it shows a complete disregard for the interests of more than 12 million women and more than 200 Texas women who were murdered by men in Texas in 2017,” he concluded.

West’s record on common-sense gun reforms goes back to the days of Ann Richards and the original conceal and carry debate, has previously led the charge for legislation from everything to reduce magazine size, to background checks, to legislation addressing automatic weapons in the Texas Senate. He represents Dallas in the state’s upper chamber.

“I’ve been an advocate for common sense gun laws for a long time,” West said. “Since the earliest days of my career in the Dallas County DA’s office and the Texas Legislature, I’ve been a leader on this issue,” he continued.


FACT: More than 200 women were murdered in Texas by men in 2017. [Source]

FACT: The VAWA expired December 21, 2018. It was temporarily reauthorized on Jan. 25, 2019, and expired again Feb. 15 of that year. A reauthorization passed the House April 4, 2019. The bill has been largely ignored by the US Senate since that time.

FACT: Cornyn has blamed Democrats for the delays in passage of the VAWA in the Senate after Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo criticized him for his inaction. [Source]

FACT: Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act passed the U.S. Senate on a voice vote with unanimous consent on November 5. [Source]

FACTS: The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence notes the following: [Source]

  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence (e.g. beating, burning, strangling) by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
  • On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
  • The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.