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

    The jury spoke, the course of LAW took place; and the small part of the public questions the outcome??? This is AMERICA and it has a Bill of Rights and a Judicial System that is 2nd to NONE! If those few who do not like a juries decision so be it! But the FACTS of the case were tried and examined in a COURT OF LAW. Only those who think they are above the Law of this land question the decision. Go to the middle east or some other third world country and see if this case would have even made it to the courthouse?

    July 20, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  2. Mathew Keirinsky

    Wow can this guy talk about anything other than guns? Are guns all he takes from this whole thing. Some people lust for guns is sickening

    July 20, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  3. joanne

    He hadn't even listened to what was said and he had a comment on it. This guy is a real idiot. Why don't you try listening, you representative of the people. You might learn something about someone other than yourself.

    July 20, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  4. Bill

    Hey, a senator that's saying what the American people are saying, whatya know.

    July 20, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  5. David Cameron

    Well Cruz, this will keep you in good standings and probably line your pockets a little more (or a lot) with the NRA.

    July 20, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  6. rafael solla

    can someone please shut this nutjob up this is not a joke thi is a very important topic to discussed by sane paople

    July 20, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. USNPJS

    Obama is a complete embarrassment as a president at this point. He's a total narcisist and has a complete disregard for anyone "below" him. I have no doubt he wouldn't care at all if someone approached him manacingly and the Secret Service lit them up! Well guess what people; you don't have armed bodyguards, and you have inherent right to self defense. Its completely assinine to tell me that I have to retreat from someone attacking me, giving someone your back in a fight is a sure way to lose! Way to placate all the violent psychos in the USA Obama!

    July 20, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  8. jimmy bivins

    no matter what President Obama says, it's not good in the eyes of some people.

    July 20, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. Rick

    All this guy does is criticize Obama.

    July 20, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  10. tomsmail

    Obama is a progressive. The definition of a progressive is: If it CAN be done, and it sounds good, then it SHOULD or MUST be done. Damn the logic or the conventional wisdom behind refrain.

    July 20, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  11. jimmy bivins

    YOU JUST DON"T GET IT! Stop looking to always get one up. The Republican party and some Democrats are struggling to find any common ground on anything! You know, we as a nation will have to focus on solving problems and not creating them......take the time to get to work in your community and help people. STOP LOOKING FOR THE WORST IN EVERYTHING!

    July 20, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  12. Michael Johnson

    The President's remarks were appropriate and we were able to witness wisdom in practice – such a rare commodity in Washington. It is a shame that those in the opposition party feel compelled to dredge up talking points to further their personal political agendas. Twisting and spinning for partisan advantage are reasons we are learning to despise politicians.

    July 20, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  13. M. Callahan

    Not having heard or read the prez remarks, Cruz nonetheless, goes into the talking points about gun control. Now exactly who is it that is obsessed with only one two sentence amendment

    July 20, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  14. T. Nast

    How did this man become a U.S. Senator? Oh yeah, from the "great" state of Texas.

    July 20, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  15. USN RET.

    Stand your ground has noting to do with owning a gun. Owning a gun requires you to be responsible for how and when the gun is used.

    July 20, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  16. Nick

    Is Cruz the best that Texas has to offer? What a Knucklehead, Joe McCarthy is alive and well in Texas!

    July 20, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  17. EveT

    Anyone who voted for Ted Cruz ought to be ashamed. He obviously didn't listen to Obama's remarks at all, as the president said absolutely nothing about the right to own guns. "Stand your ground" laws DO increase the risk of these kinds of altercations, and I am glad the president pointed this out. The gun industry, through the corporate lobbying group ALEC, has insidiously planted these laws in as many state legislatures as possible for that very reason. The more shootings, the more people live in fear and therefore the more likely they are to buy more guns. A gun in every nightstand, a gun in every glove compartment, a gun in every purse. Just in case. And with "stand your ground," if you panic and fire one of those guns, you've got a better chance of being exonerated in court. Just what the gun industry wants. Thank you, Senator Cruz, for making the connection more obvious.

    July 20, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  18. Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

    I keep this quote handy whenever I read a politician say that citizens must retreat in the face of criminals.:

    “This is not a world in which one can turn the other cheek. Doing so does not avoid violence, but rather encourages it. The bad guys threaten, but they do not seem to want to get hurt. They should be taught that their presumed victim is more dangerous than they are. This is not a matter of weapons but rather of will.” – Jeff Cooper, April 2005. In the 1960s he coined the term hoplophobia, an irrational fear of weapons.

    July 20, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  19. Bill Black

    What a fantastic moment for Mr. Cruz to say something constructive, something helpful, something useful that would further this very important discussion on race in America. That his comments (intentionally?) distract from the central to a peripheral point tells me much more about where Mr. Cruz is than about any agenda he might want to push about guns. So sad that one of our 'leaders' can seem so tone deaf on such an important issue at such a significant moment.

    July 20, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  20. sylvia fouty

    Would someone please muzzle this moron? If a Democrat yawns this fool thinks they are after his gun. To bad he's married, he and Palin could marry and live happily ever after in their own little delusional world.

    July 20, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  21. Desel

    Mr. Cruz,

    Nobody wants to take away your right to own guns. So just shut up and sit down.

    July 20, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. larry

    Cruz is the male version of Sarah Palin

    July 20, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. tonyb

    This fool is at it again , pandering to the texas gun nuts.Joe McCarthy of the 21st century. You'd think he'd be brighter given his Harvard law degree.

    July 20, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  24. wttexas

    this is classic obama behavior,,,to strip US citizens of their rights and liberties,,,obama works at doing this little by little,,,,in a subtle way,,,like politicians do,,,wake up america,,,

    July 20, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  25. Tommie

    Cruz is an idiot. I'm interested to see how the birthers treat him.

    July 20, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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