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

    This Ted Cruz is one of the most hopeless big mouths I have ever seen. He makes me ashamed to be a Texan.

    July 19, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  2. Allen

    love it! shoots from the hip before he even SEES first hand Obama's remarks...basic hearsay I dare say...well what'd you expect from a guy like him...

    July 19, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. Tony

    Could our elected representatives be any more pathetic?

    July 19, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. BB

    Senator Cruz should answer the question that the President raised, if Trayvon was of age and armed, would he have been justified to stand his ground against someone who was following him in a car?

    July 19, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  5. Marlene

    I will no longer go to Florida or any other state that has stand your ground laws. It is a free pass to promote violence and extreme action when not needed nor justified.

    July 19, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  6. James Cheatham

    When did Obama restrict military personnel discussing their religion? Having just retired, I don't remember having problems discussing religion in the military during the last 4 years or so. Religion was neither forced on me nor was I denied the right to discuss it. Of course if I tried to pressure my troops into going to church, that would've been another story but that never happened either. How about we stick to the issues.

    July 19, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  7. Chas

    Does he not realize that, except for a small fringe group of followers who still support him in Texas, most of the rest on the country just considers him to be a fool? He is even beginning to make Santorum look smart.....

    July 19, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  8. DoNotWorry

    Obama's been going after guns, period. Chink, chink, chink. I oppose his immigration and gun policies. Notice he didn't mention that Zimmerman was latino and this might be a good reason to stop Amnesty! Everyone has an agenda, this is Obama's. Of course, Congress has a good deal of fear of an armed citizenry, that's why they authorized 30,000 drones in U.S. airspace for use by the military and homeland security against U.S. citizens. Don't want the citizens shooting drones out of the sky, now do they?

    July 19, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  9. D.L. Kisting

    I thought Obama's comments were totally disgusting.

    July 19, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  10. austinandjustin

    Stand your ground laws will be reconsidered, when both parties have a gun, shoot at each other saying they were scared and innocent bystanders get killed.

    July 19, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  11. jenniferm004

    President Obama never said anything about taking away people's guns. He did say something about universal background checks, which are common sense. Even libertarians support them. The politician in this story is just blowing a bunch of hot air, and he knows it.

    July 19, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  12. Proud American

    Ted Cruz is nuts.

    July 19, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  13. wally

    President Obama has finally gone too far with his black civil rights agenda. if the shooter had been black and shot a PR youth there would be a non issue. Martin would never have been like President Obama unless he had been out of Florida.

    Put this on top of his Gay rights and imigration positions, i will soon become a Republican. I am a life long democrat.

    July 19, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  14. Texas

    Cruz does not represent most of Texas. He just has a lot of money behind him. A traitor Texas hispanic. Shame shame.

    July 19, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  15. Tony Torres

    It figures the first jerk (Cruz) that gets the first jab thinks he is the answer to all our ills. How does a freshman senator gets notice? Say the stupidest things he that can come out of his mouth. Please someone put this IDIOT in his place, nothing but garbage comes out of this man's mouth!!!

    July 19, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  16. Adam Dorfman

    Ted Cruz is not a Senator ... he is sleazeball disguised as a Senator... it must take a lot of money to get away with acting that cheap

    July 19, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  17. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Dear Mr. Cruz: You are irrelvant. Why don't you do your job and stop this inane political circus?

    July 19, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  18. larry kennedy

    No one has the right to take another man life , because hes on a hoddie.

    July 19, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Our President needs to stay out of this and stop making outlandish comments that distort the facts. He is making statements for political effect and furthering his own adjenda. This is almost embarrassing that our President doesn't have better things to do like get this countries economic engine moving. Stay out of the affairs of the individual state.

    July 19, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  20. Ben

    I'm Latino and I live in Texas, where I work outside under 100 degree weather ; I understand, where Mr Cruz is coming from because he has to serve his "boss" ; because otherwise, they will not going get the leftovers from his "fellows Republicans" .
    But let me tell you something, he doesn't represent the real latino, the ones who come to this great country to work hard to make their lives better and help their families.
    These Latinos, are the ones whoever is helping this great country to get back to their feet.
    Latinos are profiled every day by these kind of people, profile is what we face day after day. Fortunately, the majority of Americans are not like that, and Obama is trying to make A difference in our society; but, people like Mr Cruz, instead of helping the working class, he is trying to look good for the rich and greed people... Is sick to see that people like him, ignoring his own roots.

    July 19, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  21. TOM

    how about having the one with a gun fire a warning shot first.

    July 19, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  22. Justwanderin

    Ted shouldn't talk at all because every time he does he says something idiotic. What a moron.

    July 19, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  23. J R Brown

    Someone needs to explain to the Congressman that it's just ridiculously bad form to comment on the president's comments without actually reading them first. Seriously...that's just asinine. And, then to publicly admit to being such a dbag is the icing on his stupidity cake.

    July 19, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  24. Dapple

    Hate to burst his bubble but even if the Stand Your Ground laws magically vanished from the face of the Earth... It wouldn't affect the 2nd amendment. You just wouldn't be able to shoot someone as easily as before. "Oh, I got plenty of room to run, but that person is threatening me and my life and I got a gun so I can shoot that person" wouldn't fly anymore.

    July 19, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  25. phillip

    Just because the founding fathers thought guns for everyone was a good idea doesn't mean it has to stand the test of time. Im sorry but they weren't right about everything. They allowed slavery and that was bad. Just some things take longer before we realize it isn't good.

    July 19, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
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