Responsible gun ownership is something many Texans take great pride in. I grew up hunting with my dad. I understand wanting to have a firearm for protection. There are very reasonable measures that can be taken to insure background checks are completed before a gun sale is transacted.
John Ratcliffe has advocated removing any restrictions for mental health concerns for veterans who want to purchase a gun. We saw the unfortunate result of a disturbed individual who was a veteran, being able to purchase assault weapons when our US Air Force did not report his mental state or the reason for his discharge from the military, with the deaths of 26 people and many more injured, while they worshipped together.