Ted Cruz has been hard at work, despite his loss in the primaries last year and the rough ride he had following the nomination process. He has shown that he can be above it all and focus on the task at hand, which has always been, in his eyes, the American people. His dedication to the country and his ability to turn out brilliant arguments is admirable, regardless of the past discouragement he had with the process.
One of the premier pieces of legislation that Cruz has been aggressively pursuing is gun legislation, particularly that which is designed to contain and control the violence that has plagued this nation for the last few years. The legislation was committed to by both Cruz and his long-time associate in the Senate, Charles Grassley of Iowa and was the centerpiece of a fight that was taking place over the last few months.
As it turns out, the shooting that took place in the Texas church this past week was one of the types of situations that this particular legislation was targeting and now Ted Cruz has stated that it would have specifically worked to stop the shooter from getting a gun. What happened to the legislation? Cruz says that the Democrats have been stalling that legislation and has said the blood from that massacre is on their hands!
On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox News @ Night,” Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticized Democrats for filibustering the Grassley-Cruz legislation in 2013 that “would have resulted in this shooter being in federal prison instead of murdering those innocents in that Texas church.”
Cruz said, “[T]his should have been stopped beforehand. Under federal law, it was illegal for this individual to purchase a firearm. He had a conviction for a crime that’s punishable by more than a year in prison, and he had a conviction for multiple domestic violence crimes. Both of those, it’s already ineligible. But, several things happened: Number one, the air force — the Obama administration didn’t report those convictions to the [NICS] database. That’s an endemic problem. It’s a problem with the federal government. It’s a problem with the states. And so, when he went in to buy the guns, they ran the background check, and they didn’t find it because it wasn’t in the database. But I’ll tell you we could have prevented this. In 2013, in the wake of Sandy Hook, I joined with Chuck Grassley, we introduced legislation that was called the Grassley-Cruz legislation. And it was aggressive legislation targeting felons and violent criminals to stop them from getting guns.”
He continued, “There were a couple elements of that legislation that were critical: One, it mandated that federal agencies, including the Air Force, report to the [NICS] because that was a problem back then. But, two, and this is an even more critical piece, if it had been reported to the background database, when he went into Academy to buy this — these weapons, he lied on the forms. That is a felony to lie on those forms. The Obama administration didn’t prosecute those cases. In 2010, 48,000 felons and fugitives lied and illegally tried to purchase guns. They prosecuted only 44 of them.”
Cruz concluded, “Democrats filibustered the legislation that would have resulted in this shooter being in federal prison instead of murdering those innocents in that Texas church.”
When the Democrats have been held up to the same standards of prosecution that fall on the Republicans on a yearly basis, it is plain to see that they do not hold up well under their own standards.
In fact, it could be said with some certainty that because the Democrats are not used to being questioned on their methods and loyalties by the press, they are flummoxed whenever they have to answer to real charges of incompetence or unfitness for the position based on a fierce partisan attitude that puts their party before the people. Cruz is absolutely right in his assessment and the Democrats need to address their lackadaisical approach to legislating.