Just a few days after the mass shooting in San Bernardino, the Texas senator plans to celebrate second amendment.
“You don’t get rid of the bad guys by getting rid of our guns. You get rid of the bad guys by using our guns.”
That’s what Ted Cruz told the Breitbart News Network on Thursday, responding to the Wednesday shooting in San Bernardino, California, that left 14 people dead. On Friday afternoon, the freshman senator from Texas went ahead with a major gun-related event at an Iowa indoor shooting range, where he announced the formation of a “National Second Amendment Coalition.”
In a statement just before the event, Cruz said, “The right to keep and bear arms is not about hunting; it’s not about target practice. It’s about our basic right to protect our homes, our children and our lives,” according to a report in The Des Moines Register. His “Coalition” will be chaired by Tim Macy, president of the Gun Owners Association of America, the Register said.
Cruz turned the event, which was scheduled before the San Bernardino shooting occurred, into an address on guns. A firebrand orator and gadfly to the GOP’s establishment, he doesn’t think that a moderate Republican can carry the party into the White House, and in times of crisis he doubles down and moves further right, whatever the issue.
“I would note that the calls from liberals for more and more gun controls in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings ignores the fact that California already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country,” Cruz told Breitbart Thursday.
The two San Bernardino shooters were armed with assault rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition; such weapons and high-capacity magazines were banned by legislation passed during the Clinton administration, until the laws expired during the Bush presidency. Since then, it’s been legal to purchase military and tactical weapons with high-ammunition capacity.
Cruz has recently surged in the Iowa polls to second place, behind front-runner Donald Trump (who claims to have a concealed carry permit). The senator is considered one of the favorites to win Iowa, where evangelical and social conservative voters make up a major percentage of Republican caucus-goers.