[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]At last weekend’s NRA Convention, Ted Cruz, the first declared GOP presidential candidate, was asked about wavering public opinion in regards to gun control, and how fluctuating public opinion shapes his stance on issues.
Guns.com asked Cruz:
In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, a statistic surfaced putting support for background checks at 90%. Did you go against the want of the nation, with your vote against Manchin-Toomey? And also, how does public opinion shape your response to national problems?
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Sens. Manchin, a Democrat and Pat Toomey, a Republican, drafted the bill, aiming to expand background checks, following the aftermath of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.
Ironically, Manchin-Toomey would have made no difference in stopping Sandy Hook, as it would have expanded background checks to private sellers. Adam Lanza stole the gun from his mother, who had purchased it legally.
“When it comes to Constitutional rights, what matters is what the Bill of Rights says,” Cruz answered. “It doesn’t matter what might be popular at the moment,” stated.
Cruz reminded the interviewer of an inconvenient fact the left likes to ignore about the history of tyranny.
“We’ve seen regimes across the face of the earth come and take away people’s guns, strip away their rights to defend themselves and sometimes it’s been very popular. And yet, it is an inevitable prelude to tyranny,” Cruz explained.
Cruz continued, saying that the constitution’s check against tyranny must not subject to the whims of public opinion.
“The Second Amendment is there so you and I could protect our homes, our families, and our children and our lives. And it’s also there as a fundamental check on government tyranny and that ultimately is not subject to public opinion polls, it’s subject to the express protections of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution,” Cruz asserted.
It was a great question by Guns.com, one many politicians would have weaseled out by not clearly answering. Again, Cruz shows his strong adherence to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and his willingness to fight for them, regardless of temporary flairs in public opinion.