Graham and Cruz not bringing guns to gun hearing
January 30th, 2013
09:50 AM ET
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Graham and Cruz not bringing guns to gun hearing

Washington (CNN) – Despite their attempts, Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz won't bring firearms to Wednesday's hearing on gun control after an unsuccessful attempt at appealing the security rules on Capitol Hill.

"We have not been able to navigate all the red tape and bureaucracy necessary to bring them into the hearing," Graham's spokesman Kevin Bishop told CNN. Wednesday's event, held in the Hart Senate Office Building, is the first congressional hearing on gun violence since the Connecticut school massacre that left 26 people dead.

Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, will be one of five witnesses at the hearing, along with former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly.

While Bishop, Graham's spokesman, said no one explicitly told the senators they couldn't bring the weapons in, he pointed to bureaucratic hurdles that prevent lawmakers from bringing guns to hearings. One of those is an assault weapon ban in the District of Columbia.

Instead, Bishop said Graham would use posters and photos of firearms at the hearing in place of the real thing

They also sent a letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, requesting measures to help streamline the procedures to bring guns into the hearings in the future.

At an event last week announcing her proposed ban on assault weapons, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California stood in front of a display of weapons, some of which are currently against the law in the District of Columbia. Democratic sources told CNN that Feinstein coordinated with police on being able to have the guns there.

On one side were pegboard panels mounted with various assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons - including a Bushmaster similar to the one used in last month's Newtown school massacre.


Filed under: Gun rights • Lindsey Graham • Ted Cruz
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ rs, TellasisPatel, and Facts don't Lie:
    I am enjoying your comments this morning,and I wholeheartedly agree with you all.
    I too agree that they would ALL send Pepe Lepew and the entire NRA hierarchy packing if a little mayhem broke loose in Congress and they were subjected to the terror and carnage that those poor folks in Connecticut and elsewhere had to endure because of some nutjob with easy access to firearms and high capacity magazine and clips.

    January 30, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Publius Novus

    Senators are not elected to showboat and showboating does not help the country's problems. Shame on Graham and Cruz. But then, both of them seem to be shameless.

    January 30, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. T

    JUST WHAT WE NEED.............GUNZ ON CAPITAL GOUNDS............wielded by wannabe COWBOYS of the early 1800's

    January 30, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Hotdog wrote:

    Nothing was ever said about people bringing firearms a McCain/Pailin campaign rally a few years ago.
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    Stop listening to stupid people and repeating what they say.
    Did they conduct campaign their rallies within a Senate chamber inside of the US Capitol building?

    January 30, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. rs

    If Republicans (who STILL haven't gotten Jindal's "Stupid" memo) want guns so they can accessorize their testimony- allow me to recommend McFrugals, or Dollar General- they have lots and lots of great waterpistols and super soakers.

    That's about all they should handle.

    January 30, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. lottie

    That is the stupidest idea these two have come up with yet. All we need are nut jobs in congress packing heat. Do the republicans have no moral conscience at all? For gosh sakes children died. You can be against gun control and still act like an adult.

    January 30, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Jack

    Guns in the hands of criminals begin as guns in the hands of non-criminals. Guns are sold legally to people who then knowingly sell them to criminals. You can't catch these people thru background checks. There are so many guns in this country now you trip over them. No wonder it's easy for criminals or unstable individuals to get their hands on them. Getting a gun, whether you're a criminal or not, is one of the easiest things to get in this country.

    January 30, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Chuk

    They do NOT need to bring the guns to Congress to make their point. Here's how they can make the SAME point: load up the gun, go into the bedroom, put gun to head, and do the RIGHT THING! This would save everyone else the grief!

    January 30, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Tim White

    Feinstein had approval to bring guns but not the GOP? that's not right and all of you liberals would have shouted "no fair" as loud as you could if it was the other way around. If all of you who posted previously are the ones who would be representing the left in an open and intelligent conversation about gun control then I can see why it's never going to happen. You are the ones that make Wayne LaPierre so extreme. You are entitled to your own opinion but you can't be an extremist and not expect extremism coming right back at you. All things in moderation, if you don't want a gun don't own one. If you you don't want your kids to know what to do if they encounter one of the 300+million guns already out there then don't educate them about that. This is America, where you are free to believe what you want but not force me to believe what you want, that is up to me.

    January 30, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Wake up People!

    Lord help us.....these are the people that we actually elected to lead us. Looks like Congress is turning into a Spaghetti western.

    January 30, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. scarf

    So, Republicans are now upset that gun laws are being enforced?

    January 30, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Dan5404

    Graham and Cruz are perfect examples of the mentality of gun nuts. Grandstanding, "Look at me, I'll show you who can tell me what to do!" You would think a person in the Congress of the United States would have the decency and respect to not carry guns in the presemce of parents whose little children were killede, or a former Congresswoman whose life and health have been forever altered by guns. And, it is disgusting how those gun nuts at the Sandy Hook hearing shouted and interrupted a father who lost his only son to gun violence. Wayne LaPierre mentioned something about "God given rights." Nothing could be farther from the truth. It is a man-given right and man can alter it when the safety of American lives are at stake. As a matter of fact, God would have nothing to do with guns. Guns kill people and that is his foremost commandment: "Thou shalt not kill."
    But, in order to get donations and support for re-election from the NRA and gun manufacturers, they must publicly show indignation and anger at the thought that the 2nd amendment isn't absolute. It definitely isn't. Neither is the first amendment. That's why you can't threaten the president's life, or anyone else for that matter without facing the consequences of law.
    The 2nd amendment gives the right to own a weapon, that's it. The people and the Congress have ewvery right to tell you just how far you can go, just like there are restrictions on free speech when it may harm someone else.

    January 30, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "Feinstein had approval to bring guns but not the GOP? that's not right and all of you liberals would have shouted "no fair" as loud as you could if it was the other way around."

    Indeed. It's not right: You have the facts completely incorrect. Feinstein's event was not on the floor or the House or Senate and not even in the Capitol Building.

    January 30, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Feinstein had approval to bring guns but not the GOP? that's not right and all of you liberals would have shouted "no fair" as loud as you could if it was the other way around."

    Indeed. It's not right: You have the facts completely incorrect. Feinstein's event was not on the floor or the House or Senate and not even in the Capitol Building. Of course, CNN intentionally left out any details about where it was and left it totally vague precisely because they wanted just that type of misunderstanding to occur.

    January 30, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. tigerakabj

    Lord have mercy. Bringing a firearm into a senate hearing? And I'm sure waving that around won't intimidate anybody right? And whose to say, like what happened to those idiots during Gun Appreciation Day that Cruz and Graham's little displays won't accidentally go off?

    Everybody needs to get ready and sweep the rest of these GOPers out of office this year going through 2016. I'm tired from the last election, but it is clear (especially with their electoral vote rigging schemes) that this party is done. If they can't see the folly of their actions when it comes to something like this, then it is time to do what Boehner accused the President of trying to do to them - send them into the dustbin of history.

    January 30, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. MikeI

    If you needed to bring a GUN tio the hearing, WHOM were you intent on shooting ? ? ?

    January 30, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. Scott

    We all need to get ready to sweep these crazy liberals Dems out of the Senate and install god fearing Republicans to prevent this country from being run into the ground by the Democrats.

    January 30, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Canuck

    America... where you have the right to own a gun but no right to affordable health care. Quite the society you've built for youselves down there.....

    January 30, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. john_doe

    @Tim White
    I am sorry, but if you actually fully thought about both of these instances you would probably see the difference between the Feinstein PRESS CONFERENCE and a CONGRESSIONAL HEARING. I am guessing that it is easier to work with police to bring in firearms to a random location for a press conference rather than trying to bring firearms into a congressional chamber.
    Reactions like yours only hammer home the view that most of the country have of conservatives that if people like you don't get your way to do anything you want; including disregarding rules that are in place to keep others safe and free from harm, you throw a fit and start waving around YOUR PERSONAL interpretation of the constitution and completely disregard ALL OTHER LAWS including your vaunted STATE AND LOCAL LAWS.

    January 30, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit wrote:

    "Feinstein had approval to bring guns but not the GOP? that's not right and all of you liberals would have shouted "no fair" as loud as you could if it was the other way around."

    Indeed. It's not right: You have the facts completely incorrect. Feinstein's event was not on the floor or the House or Senate and not even in the Capitol Building.
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    It needs to be further pointed out that Feinstein did not "carry" weapons on her person. They were securely mounted to a display board.

    January 30, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. julie

    bringing guns to a senate hearing how lame is that...... I know lets have a "BRING A GUN TO WORK DAY" see how that will hold up (no pund intended)... are all republicans/ & supporters this damn stupid

    January 30, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Jim Hahn

    Why do you need to have guns at the hearing? Are you afraid that someone is going to take a shot at you? Are you afraid to leave the house without them? Are you wanting to show off just how plain stupid you are? Perhaps you want to show how warm and cuddly they are? To paraphrase Dolly Levi, "on those cold winter nights, you can curl up with your AK-47. It's a little lumpy but it KILLS!"

    January 30, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Of course, CNN intentionally left out any details about where it was and left it totally vague precisely because they wanted just that type of misunderstanding to occur.
    -------------------------------------------------I think it is hilarious that he and his compadre actually thought it'd be a cinch to walk into a congressional hearing like gunslingers a la High Noon.
    But you're right, two different venues.

    January 30, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Patrick in Wisconsin

    The gun nuts that are going around threatening to use force if reasonable gun control is enacted are the very people that SHOULD NOT OWN GUNS!! If you are that paranoid that government will take away your guns so they can rape you in the butt, you need help. You are not the knights in shining armor you say you are. You are cowards that cannot deal with problems like normal people. If you really want to get your hands on an assault rifle, join the military. They'll teach you all the stuff you want to know about assault rifles along with a whole bunch of stuff you don't. I speak from experience. If you're not willing to go through all the training necessary to be a responsible assault rifle owner/user (i.e. joining the military), you have absolutely no reason to possess such a weapon.

    January 30, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Canuck

    @Scott
    "install god fearing Republicans to prevent this country from being run into the ground by the Democrats."

    Sure, after all it worked out so well the last time the Republicans were in power....
    /sarcasm

    January 30, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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