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

    Texas Republican. Figures. "Share their faith" refers to the inalienable right some Christians seem to think they have to annoy people.

    July 19, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  2. kate gallagher

    Of course he did this man is a nut bucket

    July 19, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  3. Steve Allard

    A Texas Republican critical of Obama. It was just a matter of time I guess.

    July 19, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. Liz

    Senator Cruz, please shut up. We wouldn't't be having this conversation if Zimmerman had done what the police instructed him to do – stay in the car. I get that guns don't kill people, but there are too many people with guns who don't exercise common sense, don't follow safe practices for having guns, etc.

    July 19, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  5. Debbie in Arizona

    This is so typical of Cruz. Make a statement that President Obama is going to try to take away our guns, because he said the the Stand Your Ground law should be reconsidered. I believe he is just trying to, once again, cash in on the paranoia of some of the Republican base. How can this man make any statements when he admits he hasn't even watched or heard the Presidents comments? As I stated, this is so typical.

    July 19, 2013 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  6. texasnotea

    Ridiculous comment from Cruz. Nobody says anything about guns and the gop immediately goes there. What a bunch of paranoid skitzos.

    July 19, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  7. dan sassone

    I am no fan of Obama – but at a time when the president is tyring to calm people this idiot republican is out running his mouth, Maybe he should watch the Presidents remarks before opening his mouth

    July 19, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  8. Mona

    Another loose canon on our streets! Pres.Obama is a kind man, he wants people to finally have a dialog about racism.....please, tell me what's wrong with that? No one wants to take anyone's precious guns away from them....
    The treatment Pres.Obama has received especially from Congress is outrageous and sinful! I know they won't amend
    their ways, but wouldn't it be nice?

    July 19, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  9. Peter Maccaro

    McCarthy would be so proud of you Mr. Cruz

    July 19, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  10. F. McD

    I support the President's position. these laws need to be revisited. when someone who has been arrested for domestic abuse and an assault of a policeman, stalks and kill an unarmed kid who does not have a crimminal record, these laws should be change to safguard all citizens. i did not hear any comments that would eliminate our rights to have arms.

    July 19, 2013 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  11. Cherokee Morrisson

    Well, the Communist Party, USA has claimed Obama as being their president, not ours. They touted him as having won the US presidency through fraud, which most understandably makes the most sense of any of this, how a highly unlikely 3rd party administration got thrust into the spotlight, so as to have no apparrent idea as to what they are doing, short of insulting the office of the presidency. Now may we see a follow-up on that newsstory? Interview the CPUSA and find out what's behind all of this? Can we find out why the president has so many lurid connections, please?

    July 19, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  12. Blue

    Cruz, you are way off the mark. Guns are not the answer to everything. Who really cares what you say or believe?

    July 19, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  13. DFW Dann

    This country needs to have a discussion about how to protect the 2nd Amendment while also protecting its citizens from legally protected careless use. Reviewing the legal use of weapons when taking another human's life is a good place to start. Unfortunately, as long as the NRA and reckless senators from Texas continue with their rhetoric and the leftists talk of "gun control" we are being robbed of the desperately needed conversation about gun safety.

    July 19, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  14. TonyInNYC

    It is not surprising that Ted Cruz spoke in the echo chamber and everyone there agreed with him.

    July 19, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  15. derpy

    Well, they should do away with the Stand your ground law, at least. It's annoying enough that even though it wasn't used for the Zimmerman case, it just blatantly confuses people.

    July 19, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  16. Andy McFey

    Shut up, Cruz, you disrespectful idiot!!!!!!!

    July 19, 2013 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  17. Woody

    Best way to stop shootings is to create jobs . But I guess that is too hard to deal with ! Maybe if Tray was working at a job he would still be alive like so many others . Lets deal with the real issues instead of trying to scape goat reality !

    July 19, 2013 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  18. MattB

    At least listen to the speech before commenting. Gun at the hip idiot.

    July 19, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  19. Dan

    Oh my God...how paranoid can you get? If Obama said that private citizens should not own nuclear weapons, people like this joker would spaz out and say he was going after the Second Amendment.

    July 19, 2013 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  20. Jeff B.

    While certainly, the Prez doesnt miss a chance to dump on the 2nd Amendment, I am MUCH more concerned about him never missing an opportunity to usurp STATE'S rights as a whole.

    July 19, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  21. Lionel

    being a Texan, this guy doesn't speak for me. What an idiot, bigoted, patsy for the republican party. Hispanic in name only.

    July 19, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  22. Shelia

    If they remove stand your ground laws. I want to see very stricked assult laws this idea that you can beat someone to death and have no right to defend yourself from said beating is not acceptable.. There must be tough assult laws passed.

    July 19, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  23. gdad

    Republicans seem to want to disagree and argue with EVERYTHING the President might say. If he were throw out a comment like "The sky is blue," some republican senator would cry out, voice shaking, face red, fist in the air "Oh, no Mr Obama, not at night it isn't!"

    July 19, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  24. Karl L Backhaus

    has this man any education

    July 19, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  25. aaron

    Unfortunately, this will be the first time that Obama has gone after the misinterpretation of the 2nd Amendment.
    Though, he'll be certain to back down. The death toll is no yet high enough to discount the NRA, their flying monkeys in Congress, and their 5 righwing politically oriented Supreme Court justices. It'll take about a dozen assaults on Wal-Marts with high body counts before these idiots will say...hey, there might be a bigger problem here than lack of contributions to our campaigns from gun and ammo manufacturers.

    July 19, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
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