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. LaPlut

    Cruz is an example of what people vote for when they fear things they don't understand or who are uninformed, let's vote these Tea Party politicians out in 2014. We need to ensure a big voter turn out in the next non-primary elections to ensure all politicians like this one are ousted, they may have slipped in back in 2010, but it's time to pay more attention.

    July 20, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Larry

    Cruz is using "Fear" to gain followers. "Follow me because I will save you" is what ALL fear mongers use as a rallying cry. The demagogues who use this tactic are the ones to be wary of. They crave "Power" and will do or say anything to get it. They could care less about you or me.

    July 20, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. OK fine.


    This POTUS is not one to let facts get in the way.


    Perhaps you should look into Ted Cruz's history of truth telling.

    July 20, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Danny

    Dese laws gainst murder n' robbry err gettin' in da way o' my 2nd Mendment!!!!

    July 20, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Jim

    I can't help but think how poor lil gangsta wanna be TM would still be alive today if he just hadn't attacked GZ. Had he not attacked there would be no need to discuss "Stand your ground or Self-Defense" or guns for that matter. I am very OK with having the right to protect myself when attacked. In Calif., they want you to be a sheep & if by chance you get killed by a wolf its "too bad, will you pass the marmalade?"

    July 20, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. dee jay

    I cant believe the remarks that came out of Obama's mouth about profiling.. I think he grew up in the South side of Chicago- which is not a good part.. I would imagine women would clutch their purses there–no matter who got in the elevator with them. Looking disrespectful,,it has nothing to do with color.. I am ashamed that he is our president and says the stuff he does about race. My grandma lived on Christiana ave on the south side of Chicago and she got raped by three black men- she was 83 –83 years old and it took 3 of them..... and I have never ever thought about the fact they were black–just that 3 punks hurt my grandma– I ride elevators everyday at work and I don't act like that. I don't try to lock my car because I see a black man.. I simply lock my car.. I cant believe that the President of our
    Country would say those remarks– ever! He just added fuel to the fire.. That is how ignorant our president is

    July 20, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Cruz Ted

    Cruz if Travon had been your son, if you had to be Black. Why not 50-50 Black white juries?

    July 20, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Jack

    This is how bad it's got. Some American's believe the 2nd amendment gives them the license to kill.

    July 20, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. wazuri77

    the notion of "rebranding" for the GOP is DOA. They are the racist white American party. Not all Republicans are racist, but all racists are Republican.

    July 20, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. D

    half the ppl on here arguing the stand your ground laws and blsasting the senator are the same half demanding the federal gov't pursue charges against GZ. everyone has a right to live and no one should give up that right. however, if one feels that right is to be taken they have a right to defend their property, which is their life. BTW some of you on here should research an article dated april 4 2012 on the daily call about GZ demanding public attention of a beating on a homeless man. THE MAN WAS BLACK

    July 20, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. buckeyechucke

    Just as Zimmerman was a wanttobe cop, Cruz is a wanttobe man.

    July 20, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. Sid

    Cruz today called for the disinterment of Wyatt Earp. Saying "Earp was the first to infringe upon the right to bear arms and cannot be allowed to get away with it."

    July 20, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. houston100


    July 20, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Just Call Me Lucifer

    George Zimmerman has started stalking Ted Cruz. With any luck we'll be watching another trial shortly.

    July 20, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Dave

    Seems everything is bigger in Texas except brains.

    July 20, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. Roger

    Senator Cruz and the Republican party have a consistent disregard for human rights.

    July 20, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. judith

    Clear evidence that the voters of Texas are idiots. They elect Dubya, than Rick (Jethro Bodine) and then send this half-wit Joe McCarthy wannabe to the Senate.

    July 20, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Sam Adams

    The Florida Stand Your Ground law could not apply in the Zimmerman case as Zimmerman initiated the encounter. Once Zimmerman continued to follow Martin, he lost any protection offered by that law

    July 20, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. Deborah C. Sills

    BA-DA-ROCK OBAMA needs to look in the mirror. He might be surprised to discover he is WHITE BLACK and not Black as he claims. He was raised by his white mother. He has no black experience growing up to speak from. He intends to divide this country and is doing a great job at that. IMPEACH BA – DA – ROCK OBAMA AND ERIC THE RACIST HOLDER. BA-DA-ROCK HAS DONE NOTHING HE HAS PROMISED. He is a disgrace to America.

    July 20, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. NS

    Cowards use guns.. cuz they are too afraid to be any closer to the target

    July 20, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. conoclast

    Considering the source, what else could one expect? It's simply another opportunity for Cruz to show off for his real employers.

    July 20, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. vp

    Utter Nonsense from the Texas Canadian.

    July 20, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. No crap

    Can the republican party get any more stupid....these people are showing what 50 years of hateful race based indoctrination amounts to... So not totally Cruz's fault he has the iq of juice box

    July 20, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. Rbay37

    I have to scratch my head whenever commentators or other pols say Ted Cruz is smart. Really? Arrogant, Yes. Smart? Far from it.

    July 20, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. gord

    they say there is a fool born every minute ,i guess the timing of his birth was on target

    July 20, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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