Second Amendment

Ted Cruz Mocks Gun Control Advocates

At a Republican gathering in New Orleans, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) boasted of his support for gun rights and his stalwart opposition to gun control.

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In the wake of another horrific mass shooting in Santa Barbara, California, Texas Senator Ted Cruz mocked the notion of gun control before a group of conservative activists.

“Texas is a lot like Louisiana. We define gun control real simple—that’s hitting what you aim at.”

Cruz also bragged about slowing down new gun control efforts in the wake of the Newtown school shooting that left 20 children dead. Cruz said the Obama administration tried to use the shooting as “an excuse to go after the Constitutional rights of law-abiding senators.”

Instead he said that conservative lawmakers like himself were able to slow down the rush to pass new gun legislation, which permitted members of Congress to go home and hear from their constituents about the proposed new regulations.

“People would say, ‘How come you are not fighting for the Second Amendment?” the Texas Senator told the crowd at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. “The American people rose up in overwhelming numbers.”

Cruz made his comments in the context of urging Republicans to not compromise, pointing to his success of standing up to the administration and to the “graybeards” in his own party.

“We are winning these fights over and over again,” Cruz said, adding “Democrats are running terrified.”

Cruz also mocked Vice President Joe Biden, who last year told an audience that he advised his wife about protecting their Delaware home, “If there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here, walk out and put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house.”

“That is very good advice if you happen to be attacked by a flock of geese,” Cruz said to laughs.