Cruz says Obama going after guns with ‘stand your ground’ remark
July 19th, 2013
06:59 PM ET
9 months ago

Cruz says Obama going after guns with ‘stand your ground’ remark

(CNN) – President Barack Obama’s suggestion that state “Stand your Ground” laws should be examined after the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin could amount to an assault on the right of Americans to own guns, Sen. Ted Cruz said in Iowa Friday.

Speaking after addressing a Republican group, Cruz told reporters he hadn’t yet watched Obama’s remarks. But when asked to respond to Obama’s call for a review of laws in individual states, Cruz responded by saying the president was trampling on constitutionally guaranteed rights.

“It is not surprising that the president uses, it seems, every opportunity that he can to go after our Second Amendment right to bear arms,” the Texas Republican said. “This president and this administration has a consistent disregard for the Bill of Rights.”

For example, Cruz said the Obama administration was violating free speech guarantees by “restricting the rights of our servicemen and women to share their faith and not be gagged,” and that the use of drones raised other constitutional questions.

Obama on Friday made his first public comments about the acquittal of George Zimmerman last week in Martin’s shooting death in 2012.

In his speech, Obama called for reconsideration of “Stand your Ground” self-defense laws in Florida and other states.

“I think it would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case, rather than diffuse potential altercations,” Obama said.


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soundoff (699 Responses)
  1. Andrew

    "Going after guns". No, nut burger with gun funding, he's going after bad law.

    July 19, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  2. Here we go again

    "Speaking after addressing a Republican group, Cruz told reporters he hadn’t yet watched Obama’s remarks. "

    But, in typical Republican fashion, he criticizes them anyway.

    July 19, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. John

    This president its so one sided its not even funny. His true colors are now showing specially since now he knows he doesn't have to be re-elected.

    July 19, 2013 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Once again the irrelavent senator from texas speaks. This guys statement means about as much as something said by the 1/2 term governor of Alaska.

    July 19, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. Rosemary Peppercorn

    Standard Operating Procedure for Republicans: Speak on a topic they know nothing about. He didn't hear Obama's speech. Obama said nothing about guns.

    July 19, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. james snyder

    lets give everybody a gun , and take away all the guns laws. it could be the wild west all over again.

    July 19, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  7. John Lubeck

    Yes, common sense, not in the DNA of Republicans or the NRA.

    July 19, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. Bob Shettel

    Sheesh... this idiot apparently has forgotten the 14th amendment (also a part of the Bill of Rights). Stand your ground laws trample the entire concept of Due Process. I'd kind of like to see a challenge to these insane laws. And I'm a 20+ year member of the NRA...

    July 19, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. Jim

    He said this from Iowa, of all places. Six months on the job, and he's already running for president. He's got the lying and the pandering to morons down. He's well on his way to the Republican nomination already!

    July 19, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. tony

    I think the American public doesn't mind how many guns you have that are used for hunting and target shooting. It's carrying them around with intent to kill people if you feel the slightest bit threatened, mistakenly or otherwise, which scares good people who value their own freedom.

    July 19, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  11. beatrice

    Didn't even hear the remarks – taking things out of context – and responding – doesn't sound too bright to me.

    July 19, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. jim atmad

    Ted Cruz is nutter than most Texas politicians.

    That is frightening and hilarious at the same time.

    July 19, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. gramma nance

    He definitely sounds like an 'authority' to me...hadn't see Obama's remarks but had to flap his gums! Shut the HELL up!

    July 19, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. Ed

    Ted Cruz is such a creep! If he thinks he can be elected President, he is delusional!

    July 19, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Bluejeans in Chicago

    Obama's remarks serve to have a Chilling Effect on future juries. I can see the day where juries vote in the manner they feel the public wants them to vote, rather on their perception on the merits (or lack thereof) of the case. This is so sad. Our POTUS has much more important work to do. He and his cabinet passed by a wonderful opportunity to unite this country. Instead he seems to prefer fanning the flames.

    July 19, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. CheeseWheel

    Get ready for the 2016 Presidential wannabes getting worked up over anything and everything in order to appeal to a dwindling republican base. Stand your ground has nothing to do with the second amendment, but dont let that stop you Ted Cruz.

    July 19, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. WillyNilly

    "Stand Your Ground' laws are just the ticket for those who just want to see what it's like to kill someone. After all, the victim is not around to tell his side of the story. There are laws that allow force to protect your home and property but 'Stand Your Ground' allows you to use deadly force off your property even when you could just walk away.

    July 19, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Jim Marler

    This guy is totally out of step with most people. Why am I surprise he is a GOP!

    July 19, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. Keith

    Cruz = fact.

    July 19, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  20. ram

    What would anyone expect him to say? He hadn't even watched the speech and he had to comment anyway? Of course he wouldn't say it was great even if he wrote the words himself. Why not make sure a law that has caused problems is a good one? And I don't mean with handpicked cronies, either. It wouldn't matter if Mr. Obama said the sky is blue...this guys and his buddies would get worked up. Surprise!!!

    July 19, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  21. jat3clove

    Wait a minute. He hasn't had a chance to listen to the remarks yet. Already knows the context though. That's a remarkable skill.

    July 19, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. Nostradamus

    One more Cuban infiltered in our Congress.....Cubans as Cruz, Rubio, Diaz Balart, Ross Lethinen have one thing in common. Their Agenda has nothing to do what is the best for America....Only they work for themselves and for the Cuban community.....

    July 19, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. educationphd

    "I haven't listened to the president's remarks but yes, I'll happily respond to your interpretation of remarks I haven't heard."

    July 19, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  24. Leslie

    I am a gun owner and I think President Obama is absolutely right. Cruz needs to get off the NRA bandwagon and I mean right now!

    July 19, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. carboncow

    Sad to see a senator not know that free speech is about criticizing government and not being able to say whatever you want and wherever you want.

    Hard to believe a senator from the midwest has to find a reason to bring up guns and god, eh?

    July 19, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
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