Ted Cruz, the new Republican and Tea Party U.S. Senator from Texas says Democrats’ “gun control agent” is “unconstitutional,” adding the federal government has “no business” tracking guns. He also claimed politicians “within minutes” of the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, were trying to “exploit” the tragedy to help protect the nation.
“The reason we are discussing this is because of the the tragedy in Newtown,” Cruz told Fox News’ guest host John Roberts on Sunday. ”And every parent, my wife and I we have two girls aged four and two, every parent was horrified at what happened there. To see 20 children, six dults senselessly murdered it takes your breath away. But within minutes, we saw politicians run out and try to exploit and push their political agenda of gun control. I do not suppor their gun control agenda for two reasons. Number one, it is it unconstitutional.”
Cruz adamantly opposes a ban of assault weapons or high-capacity magazines, like the ones used in the Sandy Hook, Aurora, and Gabby Giffords shootings, and he adamantly opposes a federal gun registry.
“I don’t think the federal government has any business having a list of law-abiding citizens who choose to exercise their right to keep and bear arms.”
Igor Volsky at Think Progress notes:
The right to bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment, but it is not absolute and lawmakers have introduced a series of common-sense restrictions. For instance, in the Heller case, the Supreme Court found that while a handgun ban is not constitutional, because handguns are in “common use,” a machine gun is not and therefore could be restricted. An assault weapon equipped with a clip that can shoot hundreds of rounds would likely fall into the same category. As conservative Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, “the Second Amendment does not protect those weapons not typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes, such as short-barreled shotguns.”
Mediaite has the video.
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