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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soundoff (699 Responses)
  1. Joe from Brookings

    Cruz is a tool of corporate America. His reading of the second amendment allows total inactivity on sensible gun laws!

    July 20, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  2. Quixote

    For the record....EVERY time in US history that people raise the false flag of "state rights" it is because that state wants to abuse the human rights of some group of its citizens. Every single time without exception. The confedacy? Th state right to maintain slavery. Civil rights era? States wanting to keep segregation and Jm Crow...and today? States right to keep laws that make it simple to kill people of color with no consequence.....

    July 20, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. Joe from Brookings

    Cruz is wrong. His reading of the second amendment is part of the reason we do not pass sensible gun control laws.

    July 20, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. marty

    Please resign Mr. Cruz.

    July 20, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  5. TennBob

    What's worse? A guy like Cruz who is a right-wing nut? Or a guy like Obama who is killing us with liberal socialism? We need some decent politicians on both sides, It would be a nice change. I lean only slightly to the conservative side, but Mitch McConnell, who is smart, I agree, is as big an embarrassment for the right as Harry Reid, who appears to be an ass, is to the left. Damn all politicians ! We are truly doomed; it's only a matter of time.

    July 20, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  6. Hiram57

    Ted Cruz is an outstanding example of why the GOP is functionally DEAD in this Country.

    July 20, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. Fritz Hohenheim

    What happened the last time the Federal Government stepped over State's right? I can't quite remember, but I think I heard something about it in school.

    July 20, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    Anyone who says the President's comments were racist, are two things. One, a person who obviously didn't listen to the President's comments, and two, a racist.

    July 20, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  9. cbp

    Senator Cruz has many comments to make and he is highly critical of President Obama. Too bad he does not read what the President is actually saying. To Sen. Cruz and others everything is an attack on the 2nd Amendment. Stand your ground is not part of the 2nd Amendment. No one is really looking at these laws to see if they will work. Stand you ground has problems attached to it. People could possibly use that law to kill another person.

    It is time to use our brains to get the best possible laws. Instead we nitpick constantly and decide that people who are not just like us could not possibly have any good ideas. Only Conservatives have merits. Sen. Cruz needs to take a vacation.

    July 20, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. Dee

    Cruz is an idiot and has no respect for the President or the Office of the President which is sad. These are the people that have opposed everything that the President has proposed to move this country forward and getting the economy back on track. Thank God jobs are coming back and people are feeling a little better but not because of these jerks.

    He is trying to bring the country together and trying to calm things down but there are some that will always hate no matter what, this stuff is generational. I spoke with some teens today and they think the mind-set of the older people are crazy they say that they embrace all races with no problem and that it is the parents and grandparents that harbor this "stuff".

    The President was absolutely right when he says he listen to his daughters and their friends conversation and they are different from us. We as a people and nation need to pull together and respect each others perspective.

    July 20, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. tiny

    Obama needs to worry about other things going wrong on our country then commenting on this case. I watched this case from day one and evety day and the jury got it right. Its not a black or white issue. He is hispanic to begin with. This man defended himself period. Listen to the FACTS. All thsse people that r protesting I bet never watched any of the trial or facts. All the damage those stupud people do needs to be paid for by them and repair it themselves. Stupid people doing stupid things and being followers and not having a clue what the facts were.

    July 20, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  12. Reba Dewston

    I am dismayed to say the least by our commander -in chief, because he was elected by most of us, the Hispanics , the asians , and thewhites , so like He says "let me clear –You are dividing us , it was a Hispanic who shot the young man , not a white person so rally against the mexicans I promise , we may not rally But we will not forget and what he said and the democrats will pay for what has happened , no I am not a Republican but Indep. the ones that count– throw them out !! we do not need someone who is going to divide us we need some one who will bring us together !!

    July 20, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  13. sloflight

    Where was this same anger and outrage after the OJ Simpson verdict?????

    July 20, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. sidepanel

    Being "racist" means subscribing to a theory of racial superiority. Talking about race is not being racist. To talk about race regarding a court case is to "racialize" it, but to racialize does not mean to be a racist. It's hard to find a plausible instance of black people forwarding a theory of superiority over whites.

    July 20, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  15. Mustard

    is obama going to comment on every trial of a minority now? seems he cherry picks topics that will take the voters eyes off the economy, middle east, IRS,and Bengazi. a complete disgrace.

    July 20, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  16. St Xavier

    Cruz is nothing more then a Rep trouble maker A NEW TYLE McCarthy of earlier time in politics

    July 20, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  17. Layla

    Senator Cruz is correct. The Stand Your Ground law is a STATE law. The dictator has no jurisdiction.

    July 20, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  18. txan

    Just look at this guy. He looks the part of a maniac, which he actually is. An embarrassment to the State of Texas - as if we need another one to compete with Governor Good-Hair.

    July 20, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. Kinard

    No kidding, it feels just like 1948, only the people are dumber than they were back then. This time they might just get their wish, and repeal all laws dating back to 1859.

    July 20, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  20. Seth

    Who gives a crap what this sociopath thinks? At least he has no chance to ever be president.

    July 20, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  21. Rich

    Wow, is Cruz paranoid or what? Why in the hell would anyone support a law that states an aggressor is disqualified from using deadly force UNLESS he starts getting whooped and then fears for his life? That is part of the FLA statute. I punch you, so you then start knocking me around because I messed with the wrong person, and I can then shoot you because I am scared for myself. Anyone who supports that is just whacked out looney tunes.

    July 20, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  22. Thomas Scott

    Only Texas would have sent this shrill, self-congratulatory, smug IDIOT to Washington D.C. as their Senator.

    July 20, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  23. George

    Oh my goodness. Stop the world cause i want off at the next stop.

    July 20, 2013 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  24. Thaddius

    Why is this even a story? No one cares what these increasingly irrelevant Republicans have to say.

    July 20, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  25. DFW

    In Texas last year, the winner of the Republican primary was more or less guaranteed the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Hutchinson's departure.

    We were guaranteed to get an ignorant boor as our next Senator.

    We just got the greater of the two evils, that's all.

    July 20, 2013 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
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