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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  1. Darren

    It seems that the only time Obama hasn't used a shooting incident speak out on gun control was after last year's shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Oh wait, last year he would have been campaigning for re-election as president and he needed every vote he could get to beat Romney. That means he'd have needed votes from Democrat voters who support the 2nd Amendment. Now that Obama is in his final term as president and can't run he doesn't need to care about votes so NOW he wants to trample the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. Apparently to Obama, the lives of those killed in the theatre shooting don't mean as much as the children shot in Newtown, CT.

    July 20, 2013 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  2. DemFromSC

    “This president and this administration has a consistent disregard for the Bill of Rights.” Cruz is just another crazy Republican from Texas. Governor Perry, will you please speed up the secession process?

    July 20, 2013 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  3. Dave

    The president had no right to respond to the Martin/Zimmerman case the way he did. He spoke partly as an American black man who was upset that the white man was not punished for a crime he did not commit. He is the PRESIDENT, and when he speaks he should speak for America...not to try to promote the rights of one race over another. He SHOULD be above that, but apparently he is not.

    July 20, 2013 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  4. Jack

    For far too long lawmaker's from the state level and the federal level have passed laws that leave the courts implement or interpret the law, because lawmaker do not what to look like they condone the legislation, those that voted them in would turn against them. So what we have are laws implement by the court directives that are no way close to the intention of the law or vary so widely in their implementation they can be used by people for an entirely different purpose than intended.

    July 20, 2013 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  5. steven

    It figures the gun nuts would be coming out in force....the are trying to equate stand your ground laws with the second amendment rights....the laws on stand your ground could get any of these gun advocates killed in a hot second if they run into the wrong guy with a gun in his hands in a dark alley and he decides that you hurt his feelings...shoot you and then bang your head on the ground and claim self defense because he was being assaulted with the concrete he banged his head on...STAND YOUR GROUND LAWS ARE CRAZY AND DEMAN REVIEW.....

    July 20, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  6. Brad

    I absolutely agree wit this. It is just another stab at gun control. The media capitalized on this by running with the "White/Hispanic" that killed a "Black" teenager to try and bring a very unpopular law with some in Govt. to the forefront.
    Sadly at the expense of the Martin family and George Zimmerman.

    July 20, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  7. kevin grimes of those late night comedy moments triggered by poor journalism and controls

    Reporter says that Obama said that stand your ground laws worsen "rather than diffuse potential altercations". I'm sure that Obama said "defuse", which means to remove the spark or ignition point, rather than "diffuse" which means to spread the spark around (e.g. to other neighborhoods, states etc.).

    July 20, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  8. RickD

    What a freaking Texass nut!

    July 20, 2013 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  9. Jlbachs

    As an NPR listener, I listened to Mr. Obama's soundbites from the press conference numerous times. Guess what Mr. President, I have walked past a car and heard the doors lock. I choose to give people the benefit of the doubt that they coincidentally locked their doors. I have been followed around stores. I am thankful that if i have a question I don't have to traverse the store looking for someone to help. I also acknowledge the person may not know me and so I haven't earned his/her trust. If your "set of experiences" won't go away perhaps you should. When you make that statement, you are laying it out there for white people that we will always be this racist towards them. When they 'get' that, we are doomed.

    July 20, 2013 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  10. Ernie

    “This president and this administration has a consistent disregard for the Bill of Rights.”
    Yeah, right! And TeaPartiers like Sen. Cruz have a consistent disregard for:
    1. Consistency, as they decry governmental interference in some areas only, and not in others
    2. Common sense, as for them everything the government does amounts to a vast liberal conspiracy against America
    3. Right to life for everybody else, except for gun owners
    Way to go, Senator!

    July 20, 2013 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  11. Charlie

    Cruz pandering to public again. If talking against "Stand your Ground" is an attack on the right to bear arms, this guy's logic is awful. The worse part is he's a lawyer.

    July 20, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  12. Marc

    Funny thing Senator, you don't support the bill of rights when it negatively impacts your safety. Why can't we bring guns to your office or gather outside your home with them. Maybe everyone should start doing that since you're such a big supporter of gun rights. What do you say to that idea. It's my right!!!!

    July 20, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  13. Michael Ballard

    Have we become such punkish whimps take we need laws to give us permission to protect ourselves ? All I can says is run up on me.....

    July 20, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  14. Andrew

    Cruz is the epitome of Republican lameness. If one of my son's was stalked and murdered under a "stand your ground" law, the murderer and I would have our own "stand your ground" moment down the road. No question about that!

    Florida has an underlying sickness on these issues that should make both tourists and industry relocations that a second look at the inherent risks.

    A Floridian and avid AK 74 & .45 target shooter.

    July 20, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  15. Martha in CF

    Cruz is at it again. Speaking before really knowing what Obama said. The traditional get Obama no matter what he says. True redumblican....Mr Cruz

    July 20, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  16. Richard

    Obama is racist. Anyone with common sense knows this trial had nothing to do with race. Liberal media and Obama have manufactured this issue.

    July 20, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  17. marcus

    Okay, if you did not watch witness his remarks why are you making such decisive statement. As a suppose intelligent (elected office) means your making an assumption.

    July 20, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  18. Jennifer NY

    The President needs the facts if he is going to speak out on a criminal matter. The facts came out in evidence at the trial, not the continued hearsay that Trayvon was the victim. Trayvon decided to attack George. That is why he is dead. Obviously George didn't mean to kill him from his remarks to the police afterward...he just wanted the beatkng to stop.

    July 20, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  19. jules

    The gun control fanatics will use any excuse to take guns out of the hands of law abiding U.S. citizens. Running guns to criminals in Mexico is fine – thank you Eric Holder – or is that gracias? And, of course, criminals will always have guns. No, the people we want not having guns are law abiding U.S. citizens. The ones, who if they are armed, can stop that mass murderer in their tracks. For Zimmerman, the choice was clear: have your head slammed repeatedly on concrete until you're dead, or defend yourself.

    July 20, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  20. steve

    I feel Obama should have been telling the country that right or wrong the trial is over, the verdict is in. NO MORE protest or fighting ( blacks against whites, whites against blacks). I grew up (born in early '50s) with a mix of people around me the only fights I ever got into as a kid was with other white kids.
    Move on America

    July 20, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  21. Sharon

    President Obama talked about what if felt like to be a black man in America and how that influenced reactions to the Trayvon Martin killing. Senator cruz felt it necessary to comment on the President's comments even though he had not read the comments nor knew what it felt like to be black. What a foolish politician. Where is your humanity cruz?

    July 20, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  22. Carolyn


    To open his mouth before reading Obama's remarks...unbelievable! I should hope that our elected officials could refrain from contempt prior to investigation.

    Obama said nothing about gun control – he spoke of the laws that allow someone to engage when the opportunity to flee exists. I read every word before forming an opinion and am glad I did...Well said Mr. President.

    I know that I cringe at the thought of being judged as sharing his narrow-minded, self-serving opinion because we share the same skin color... I cannot even imagine what a young African-American male must feel. I know my discomfort will fade – for them it's a horrid fact of life.

    July 20, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  23. Steven

    Another Stupid Texas Republican thinking there they come for our guns. He looks so dumb the probably don't even own or shoot. How ignorant can you be.

    July 20, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  24. Chuck

    What a Joe McCarthy look-alike! Cruz comes across as a repeat of the notorious McCarthy era and a face to go with it. Can't wait for Texas to turn blue and throw these tea party bums out of office.

    July 20, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  25. Pismire

    Obama is treading on dangerous ground. He is dancing on the tight rope between morally leading, and inciting riot. If his words are linked to violence he will face t3rr0r1st charges for doing so,just like all the other Americans who have posted comments on FB and other sites have. When you address the nation and basically say you don't think our justice system worked properly and basically suggest that people should be upset you are in effect stirring the pot, dividing the nation, and failing at your job- America first, your personal feelings last,

    July 20, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
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