Out of all the Republican bids for the 2016 presidency, Ted Cruz is highly favored among Conservatives but also heavily attacked by Liberals. The Inquisitr reported on both viewpoints on Cruz in which Conservatives have supported him by helping him raise over $500,000 in just one day after his announcement to run. On the other hand, Liberals are quick to point out that Ted Cruz is not born in the United States but in Canada, ergo pushing his ineligibility to run for president.
Now, Ted Cruz is back in the news for his support of the Second Amendment. Cruz even brings up that it is “a fundamental check on government tyranny.”
According to an exclusive with Breitbart, the news site had the opportunity to talk with presidential hopeful Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) about the Second Amendment, particularly guns and gun rights. Cruz made it known the reason and importance of the Second Amendment is not just for hunting, as pushed by most Liberals, but to defend homes, families, and lives against opposition, including a tyrannical government.
“Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story described the Second Amendment as the palladium of our liberties. It is foundation to free men and free women being able to defend their homes, their families, their lives and liberty, and it also serves as a fundamental check on government tyranny.”
Ted Cruz would then continue on with the interview, answering why guns are important to free people among other things. However, it is his answer to the last question of the interview that should get a lot of attention. In his response, he specifically targets gun laws, President Barack Obama, and his administration.
“I am a constitutionalist, I believe we need to protect our constitutional liberties and honor the Bill of Rights. One of the most dismaying trends of the last six years under the Obama administration has been the relentless assault–from the federal government–on our constitutional liberties.”
Ted Cruz would follow-up his statement by bringing up how Barack Obama handled the tragedy at Sandy Hook. Cruz states Obama used it to push an agenda of gun control, something millions of Americans opposed.
“Indeed, following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook, President Obama could have sought bipartisan cooperation to target violent criminals and come down on them like a ton of bricks. Instead, unfortunately, he used that tragedy as an excuse to try to go after the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. I was glad to help lead the effort to stop President Obama’s unconstitutional assault on the Second Amendment. As a result, millions of Americans spoke up to defend our constitutional liberties, and every single Obama proposal that would have undermined the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms was voted down on the Senate floor.”
What stands out about Ted Cruz among other Republican hopefuls for the presidency is he is, as of now, the only one to truly take a stance for gun rights. Daily Kos brought such up exampling Lindsey Graham, who believes defeating the Democrats — specifically Hillary Clinton — cannot be done by “outgunning her.” That may be so, but the fact that Cruz has an announced Second Amendment stance compared to the other Republican hopefuls most likely guarantees support from the National Rifle Association (NRA).
On the flip side, certain people find it odd that Ted Cruz is saying such words because it brings the idea that people can revolt against the government, as reported by Talking Points Memo. Adam Winkler, UCLA law professor and author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America, states it is “pretty rare for a presidential candidate to support the right of the people to revolt against the government.” In conclusion, Winkler’s final statement on the matter may best describe the quagmire Cruz’s view of the Second Amendment brings up which skeptics and Liberals may latch on to.
“It’s like saying, ‘Elect me president of your country so that you can revolt against me.’ It’s an odd way of thinking about government.”
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