Freshman Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has released a statement in response to California Senator Dianne Feinstein's new ban on semi-automatic rifles, pistols and handguns.
Washington politicians shouldn’t be taking advantage of recent tragedy to try to push an aggressive gun control agenda. Real assault weapons—machine guns—are already functionally illegal, and they have been since 1934. This proposal would have done nothing to prevent the terrible murders in Newtown, but it would limit the constitutional liberties of law-abiding citizens. And gun control doesn’t work – the empirical data overwhelmingly demonstrate that strict gun-control laws consistently produce more crime and more murders.
The Second Amendment exists to ensure that law-abiding Americans can protect their homes and families, and I look forward to helping lead the fight to defeat this bill and to protect our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Cruz is right. Last year we saw more than 500 murders in Chicago, the city with the strictest gun control laws in the country. As more people obtain concealed carry permits, crime rates across the country continue to drop. Not to mention, the types of firearms the Left is focused on and wanting to ban are used in less than two percent of armed crimes.
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