Stand Together to Protect our Second Amendment Rights
By Ted Cruz
Every parent was understandably horrified by the senseless murder of 20 children and 6 adults at an elementary school in Newtown, CT. Our hearts weep for the families, and we are appropriately engaged in a national discussion about the problems of mental illness and the approaches that state and local governments can take to prevent future tragedies.
Sadly, but predictably, it took just minutes for liberals to begin exploiting this horror to push their own gun-control schemes. One media pundit after another blathered on about their deep desire to strip away our Second Amendment rights — despite the fact that no gun-control laws could possibly have prevented this madman from stealing guns from a law-abiding citizen and murdering these children.
President Obama leapt on the bandwagon, renewing his call to come after our guns. And Senator Feinstein reintroduced an even more aggressive “assault weapons ban” that would, among other things, create a national firearms registry — a government list of those Americans who choose to exercise our constitutional rights.
This is wrong, and I will fight to stop it. It contravenes the Bill of Rights, and it is foolhardy policy — consistently, those jurisdictions that enact the most restrictive firearms policies have the highest crime and murder rates, and those jurisdictions that protect our right to keep and bear arms have the lowest.
Sign this national petition if you believe we must protect our Second Amendment rights. Stand together to make clear that politicians shouldn’t use horrible tragedies as an excuse to trample on our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.