Cruz Hammers Obama for Exploiting Sandy Hook Tragedy

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) ripped Barack Obama Thursday for using his bully pulpit to shove gun control down Americans’ throats by citing the Sandy Hook massacre.

It is saddening to see the president today, once again, try to take advantage of this tragic murder to promote an agenda that will do nothing to stop violent crime, but will undermine the constitutional rights of all law-abiding Americans. I am committed to working with Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, and Jim Inhofe -- and I hope many other colleagues -- to use any procedural means necessary to protect those fundamental rights."

Cruz followed the punch to the solar plexus with an uppercut: accusing the Obama Administration of failing to stop criminals from acquiring guns.

In any conversation about how to prevent future tragedies such as Sandy Hook, our focus should be on stopping criminals from obtaining guns. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has failed to make this a priority -- in 2010, out of more than 15,700 fugitives and felons who tried to illegally purchase a firearm, the Obama Justice Department prosecuted only 44. That is unacceptable.

Cruz has joined with Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Marco Rubio to threaten a filibuster if gun control legislation comes to the Senate floor.


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