Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). (AP)
(CNSNews.com) – In answering what should be done to help stop mass shootings and to illustrate how President Barack Obama is supposedly trying to take away Americans’ guns, Senator Ted Cruz cited seven examples, and also stressed that he was the only candidate at the GOP debate Thursday to have successfully defeated a gun control bill backed by Obama and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
At the debate in Charleston, S.C., hosted by the Fox Business Network, co-moderator Maria Bartiromo asked Cruz, “So what is the answer, Senator Cruz, to stop mass shootings and violent crime, up in 30 cities across the country?”
Cruz said, “The answer is simple. Your prosecute criminals. You target the bad guys.”
He then said, “You know, a minute ago, Neil asked, ‘What has President Obama done to illustrate that he wants to go after guns?’”
“Well, he appointed Eric Holder as attorney general,” said Cruz. “Eric Holder said he viewed his mission as brainwashing the American people against guns. He appointed Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, someone who has been a radical against the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.”
“He launched Fast and Furious,” said the senator, “illegally selling guns to Mexican drug lords that were then used to shoot law enforcement officials.”
As for Democrat Hillary Clinton, Cruz said, “And I'll tell you what Hillary Clinton has said: Hillary Clinton says she agrees with the dissenters -- the Supreme Court dissenters in the Heller case,” a case where the court ruled that individual Americans have the right to purchase and own guns for self-defense or other reasons.
Cruz continued, “There were four dissenters, and they said that they believe the Second Amendment protects no individual right to keep and bear arms whatsoever, which means, if their view prevailed and the next president's going to get one, two, three, maybe four Supreme Court justices, the court will rule that not a single person in this room has any right under the Second Amendment and the government could confiscate your guns.”
“And I'll note that California senator, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said, if she could say to Mr. America and Mrs. America, ‘give me your guns, I'm rounding them up,’ she would,” said Cruz.
“And let me make a final point on this,” said the Texas senator. “Listen, in any Republican primary, everyone is going to say they support the Second Amendment. Unless you are clinically insane (LAUGHTER), that's what you say in a primary. But the voters are savvier than that. They recognize that people's actions don't always match their words.”
“I've got a proven record fighting to defend the Second Amendment,” he said. “There's a reason Gun Owners of America has endorsed me in this race. There's a reason the NRA gave me their Carter Knight Freedom Fund award. And there's a reason, when Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer came after our right to keep and bear arms, that I led the opposition, along with millions of Americans -- we defeated that gun control legislation.”
“And I would note the other individuals on this stage were nowhere to be found in that fight,” said Cruz.