Around the South for Apr. 3: TX, SC & KY

Texas: Cornyn boosts Fix NICS at Sutherland Springs. US Sen. John Cornyn (R) last week visited the First Baptist Church at Sutherland Springs, site of the worse mass shooting in Texas history, with 26 deaths ranging in age from five-years-old to 72. He talked about the Fix NICS Act, which he drafted, to improve screening to keep those with criminal records or mental health issues from buying guns. He also praised the FBI, saying the agency is “really doing outstanding work with the new leadership that’s been installed there,” reported Fox7Austin ……. South Carolina: Scott talks race and other topics on Face the Nation. US Sen. Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the US Senate, appeared on CBS Sunday; some of his remarks appeared on www.thegrio.com. Scott restated his view that President Trump is not a racist. “We were not on the same page as it relates to history of race in this nation,” but agreed on some legislative remedies. He also pointed out that “unemployment rates within the African-American community at 6.9 percent haven’t been this low in almost two decades.” Scott also touted a new book, “Indivisible: Overcoming Our Differences, One Friendship at a Time,” which he coauthored with US Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and will be released today. ……. Kentucky: Paul on Cheney and Bolton. US Sen. Rand Paul (R) tweeted last week, “Likely no one other than Dick Cheney has been more consistently and unapologetically wrong about foreign policy than John Bolton.” …….