Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is not holding back or being bashful when it comes to warning President Trump about making a deal with Democrats on gun legislation that might cause conservative voters to stay home in 2020. It’s a ‘suppress the vote’ moment for Republicans. Americans have no stomach for gun control and confiscation — they won’t willingly give up their Second Amendment freedoms to anyone on either side of the political aisle.
“If Republicans abandon the Second Amendment and demoralize millions of Americans who care deeply about Second Amendment rights,” Cruz said, “that could go a long way to electing a President Elizabeth Warren. We’re going to see record-setting Democratic turnout. The only element missing is demoralizing conservatives so they stay home. I hope we don’t do that,” Cruz told reporters at a Thursday breakfast. Cruz is one of the very few with the backbone to state the obvious… gun control is an election killer.
Cruz was answering a question that specifically referenced a possible deal between the Trump administration and a bipartisan group of senators including Democrats Christopher S. Murphy of Connecticut and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, as well as Republican Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania. All of these senators spoke with Trump this week trying to convince him to go for further background checks on gun purchases.
“It would also be a serious mistake as a policy matter,” Cruz said, arguing that none of the recent mass shootings would have been stopped by the Democratic legislative proposals. Instead, Cruz is pushing legislation he drafted with former Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley of Iowa that is focused on ensuring that federal agencies report all crimes into the existing background check database.
“The far left is pissed off,” Cruz told reporters Thursday. “They hate the president, and that is a powerful motivator.” And they are mobilizing Marxists all over the country to literally ‘attack the vote’ in the next election. Hatred is the glue of the left.
From Roll Call:
“Cruz cited his own 2018 reelection contest against then-Rep. Beto O’Rourke, which saw record-setting Democratic turnout in Texas.
“The Texas Senate race ended up being the most expensive Senate race in U.S. history, and I think that foreshadows what 2020 will be nationally,” Cruz said.
“Texas Republicans were able to get out the vote statewide and reelect Cruz, even as Democrats were picking up suburban House districts across the state.
“Cruz said a move by the Senate GOP and the president to embrace the kind of gun bills already passed by the Democratic-led House or being promoted by the Democratic senators that have been working with Trump’s administration risks “demoralizing conservatives so they stay home.”
“He said he thought Trump would carry Texas in 2020, and that incumbent GOP Sen. John Cornyn will win another term, but both contests will be real races.
“Cruz did not entirely attribute the so-called “Texodus” of retiring House Republicans from the Lone Star state to changing demographics.
“Some of the retirements are simply House members who have been there a long time, and they’re ready to step down,” Cruz said, noting that life in the minority in the House is not particularly exciting.
“I think they’re enjoying it a lot less right now,” he said. “I can understand why for a Republican House member that’s less than enjoyable, to serve in a body that every day is obsessed with attacking the president.”
“Cruz was speaking at a breakfast in Washington hosted by the Christian Science Monitor on the same day that the top Democratic presidential hopefuls were gathering in his home city of Houston for a primary debate.”
And from The Hill:
“Other Senate Republicans say they have weighed in either with the White House or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to warn of a potential backlash from the right.
“It is a slippery slope, and gun rights advocates understand that,” said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).
“We passed the Brady bill, it hasn’t prevented these things,” he added, referring to the 1994 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which imposed a waiting period a dealer must observe before selling a firearm.
“Johnson argues that expanding background checks puts a burden on law-abiding citizens and likely would do little to prevent future mass shootings.
“When you really understand what the endgame of the left is, it’s literally mandatory buy-backs or as I call it: confiscation. This is a step-by-step process for them,” Johnson said of what he suspects Democrats’ ultimate goal is.
“I’ve certainly talked to people in the White House sharing the feelings of gun rights advocates in Wisconsin,” he added.
“Sen. Steve Daines (R), who faces reelection in Montana next year, said he has told GOP leaders that there’s strong opposition to expanding background checks in his home state.
“We want to make sure that anything that is done by Congress actually does something to make us significantly safer. Extensive background checks already exist today,” Daines said.
“As I traveled some 7,000 miles around Montana during the month of August, 31 different communities, 21 different counties, the consensus is that more gun control is not the answer,” he added.
“Daines said the Senate should focus on other ways to combat gun violence, such as legislation to address juvenile justice issues.
“Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said there is broad sentiment within the Senate Republican Conference that Congress doesn’t have the authority to require background checks for firearms sales between individuals who are not licensed gun dealers.
“Rounds said the 2013 Manchin-Toomey proposal, which a group of lawmakers including Manchin, Toomey and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is using as a basis for discussions with the White House, fails to pass constitutional muster.
“What I’m looking for is legislation that would actually make a difference, that would still stand the constitutional test involved. I have not yet seen it and I don’t think that particular one stands it either,” he said. “I think there are some challenges when you start talking about regulating between two parties, particularly within the same state.”
“We keep trying to regulate individuals who are not causing problems,” he said, referring to law-abiding gun owners. “We just haven’t seen a proposal that’s going to fix the issues we’re dealing with here. We have to get back to mental health.”
“This is fairly widespread within our conference,” he added.
“Rounds said he’s also hearing concern from constituents about the push for so-called red flag laws that would empower law enforcement to confiscate guns from people judged to be dangerous to themselves or others.
“The sentiments expressed by conservative lawmakers signal that Trump is likely to be met with a backlash from the right if he proposes an expansion of background checks that goes far enough to win Democratic support.”
On September 12, Breitbart News reported Cruz’s response to a gun control push by the GAP, Levi Strauss, Pinterest, Twitter, Yelp, and 140 other companies. Cruz suggested such gun control campaigns boil down to “social signaling at the country club.” He’s right… they are pandering to the politically correct crowd and peer pressure. And they are misleading Americans. It will cost them in the end.
The 2020 election is now Trump’s to lose. No one wants an Elizabeth Warren presidency — that would finish off the country and the Constitution for good. Just say no to gun control and red flag laws. If Trump embraces our constitutional rights he will serve another term and he will further endear himself with Americans and not the elitist country club crowd. Just say no to gun control period.