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Gun Owners of America lowered Mr. Cornyn’s rating from an A+ in November to a B in December. The group’s founder, Larry Pratt, told me in an interview Wednesday that the reduction was a result of the Texas senator’s opposition to fellow Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s filibuster over defunding Obamacare back in October.

“This massive privacy invasion on veterans’ psychiatric records will be used as a predicate to grabbing their guns,” Mr. Pratt said of the health care law. “We think it is pretty major because it’s a backdoor issue that has to be explained, and already there’s knocking on doors.” Mr. Cornyn would only say that the rating drop “sounds like politics to me.”

Mr. Pratt explained that his organization is backing Mr. Stockman because he “enjoys fighting” and is an “activist like Cruz who gets out of bed thinking, ‘Which liberal head can I make explode today?’”

In a recent poll by Wilson Perkins Allen in Texas, Mr. Cornyn had 50 percent of GOP support, while Mr. Stockman had just 6 percent. Nevertheless, the fact that a congressman is trying to outgun a sitting senator with an impeccable record shows how important the issue is in the nation’s second-largest state.

The resurrection of proactive Second Amendment policy and politics shows that the American people will not be cowed by a New York City billionaire or a president who is totally out of touch with their views on the right to keep and bear arms.

Emily Miller is a senior editor of opinion for The Washington Times and author of “Emily Gets Her Gun” (Regnery, 2013).