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. Dennis P

    Well, the senator can get over it because stand your ground is the most outdated and one of the most dangerous laws out there. Can your republican rhetoric and listen. Stalking unarmed people and invoking stand your ground right after shows the law does not work as intended. A change is needed and the President is spot on his remarks.

    July 20, 2013 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  2. Dan Pendleton

    Yes, because the 2nd amendment IS the entire Bill of Rights – as per teabaggers.

    July 20, 2013 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  3. Peter

    Can we have a minimum IQ and sanity test please, to be eligible for National office. This guy is either Forrest Gump or David Berkowitz. Some of these Republican House members are really an embarrassment to the entire country.

    July 20, 2013 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  4. JimmyJam048

    Basically he is saying, "I didn't hear what he said, but let me tell you what he meant".

    This guy is nuts.

    July 20, 2013 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  5. paanui65

    I heard the President's comments today. That he can say, that could have been him in Trayvon's situation. But, if we recall, while campaigning, he said he was born and raised in Hawaii. I am from Hawaii. Born and raised here for my entire life. Racism is very low here. If New York is the melting pot, Hawaii is the mixed plate. We are so mixed in races, style of living, that almost all children here are simply raised with virtually no racism issues. We have tons of mixed marriages. So, I can't see how he said that he could have been in Travyon's situation. Is he from Hawaii, he should know what its like to be raised here. He should remember. Or is he ONLY black cause of the psition he is in. Very Interesting?!!!

    July 20, 2013 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  6. Dar

    So what else is new in the good old USA today. First Obama figures out a way to make bullets very hard to get or even pay for now. I just saw a box of cheap 22 shells selling for $18.00. And that was a deal!! Same box use to cost $4.00 only a short year and a half ago and the ammo was on every shelf at the stores. Now you are lucky to find them.

    July 20, 2013 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  7. Frank

    You are way off man! You will not serve another term! promise you that!

    July 20, 2013 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  8. michael

    Ted Cruz is an idiot......

    July 20, 2013 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  9. Lucy

    He was talking about examining the Stand Your Ground law which allows people to be able to defend themselves even if there may be a way to escape the situation. For general self-defense, if there is a way to escape the situation, than that must be done (or attempted) before self-defense is used. How either one of these is proven in a courtroom when someone is killed, I don't know... especially if there are no witnesses. I just wish people would use pepper spray.

    July 20, 2013 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  10. Alvin Cavanaugh

    Is he suggesting that anyone wanting to buy a weapon should have to submit to a psych evaluation and get a clean bill of mental health before they can purchase the weapon. It sure sounds like that is where we are headed. I'm sure Obama would sign a bill into law that suggested that. When guns are out lawed only outlaws will have guns!!

    July 20, 2013 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  11. Susa

    Obama still thinks he is a community activist.

    July 20, 2013 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  12. Vince

    Ted Cruz would call serial rape self-defense so this is no big surprise...

    July 20, 2013 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  13. Bob R., Maryland

    Those who expected a different opinion from Sen. Ted Cruz must be crazy. The rest of us have his number on the political scale of oddball..

    July 20, 2013 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  14. cdub

    If the man wanted our guns THAT damn bad, he would have signed an "executive order" which would have pushed through the latest gun bill–albeit for a shorter period of time. Sometimes I wonder if issues like the gun bill aren't just some big distraction to keep our gaze focused upon something else.

    July 20, 2013 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  15. George

    Sen Cruz makes me feel threatened, I feel like my life is in danger. I can't see his other hand, is there a gun in it? I feel a need to protect myself.

    July 20, 2013 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  16. Guy Montag

    Once again Obama proves that he truly is a racist at heart and displays another example of how poor of a leader he really is. No president should play the race card....truly disgusting.....

    July 20, 2013 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  17. Earl


    July 20, 2013 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  18. Arnold

    Reconsideration of "Stand Your Ground" and "...Examine some state and local laws..." does not even suggest an assault on the right of Americans to won guns! Mr. Ted Cruz has assaulted our BASIC right as Americans..."Pursuit of Life" and has assaulted our President, elected by the people of the United States.

    July 20, 2013 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  19. T. Lee

    A Republican "going after" Obama's remarks.

    Shock upon shock! What a surprise!

    July 20, 2013 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  20. Steve

    Republicans seem to get dumber and dumber. It's remarkable.

    July 20, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  21. mark poling

    It.s a sad day in america when you cant defend your self.the bad wins

    July 20, 2013 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  22. Caper

    It is not surprising that the Republicans use, it seems, every opportunity that they can to go after the President who was elected with a BIG majority by the people

    July 20, 2013 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  23. bob

    my thoughts only . it is sad that our leaders are using this case to divide americans when what is going on in chicgo is a disgrace

    July 20, 2013 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  24. Johnny DC

    Obama is right. Nobody should be given the right to repel dangerous activity with deadly force. Criminals should continue to have the right to prey on law-abiding citizens with the upper hand, just like in Chicago and the other great cities of our nation.

    July 20, 2013 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  25. Mark Phayphyll

    The President's remarks force us to reexamine ourselves, our laws and to take all necessary actions to ensure that a teen walking home does not end up killed in the name of self defence. Trayvon did not provoke anyone walking home.

    July 20, 2013 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
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