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Cruz: Obama Using Sandy Hook Murders to 'Promote Agenda'

This morning, the president held a brief photo op in the White House surrounded by the mothers of shooting victims, and raised concern that the shock from the Newtown elementary school shooting could soon fade. 

"Less than 100 days ago that happened. ... Shame on us if we've forgotten," Obama said. "I haven't forgotten those kids. Shame on us if we've forgotten." 

This crisis should not go to waste, he seemed to be saying.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)  released the following statement on the president's gun control  lecture remarks:

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.

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.

 

 


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