While campaigning in Indiana yesterday, Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz was confronted by a Donald Trump supporter. In the middle of the exchange captured on camera, the dimwitted protester challenged Cruz, “What are you going to do about the Second Amendment?”
Cruz—who authored a pivotal amicus brief defending the right to bear arms in Heller—took the Trump supporter to school, noting, “I have defended the Second Amendment in front of the Supreme Court. Do you know that Donald Trump supported Bill Clinton’s national ban on some of the most popular firearms in America?”
Cruz is entirely correct.
Trump fully supported the 1994 “assault weapons” ban of Bill Clinton, which would ban many of the most common firearms sold in the United States, such as the AR-15. Trump in fact cited his support of the ban in his book The America We Deserve.
Cruz went on from there, completely shutting down the stunned protester and his friends for a full minute by noting that Trump said during a debate that he was willing to cut a deal with radically anti-gun Chuck Schumer to put a liberal Justice on the Supreme Court, which would create an opportunity for gun control supporters to eviscerate the right to bear arms.
The Trump supporter were mute for a full minute as Cruz dismantled everything the protester thought he knew about Trump and Cruz and the Second Amendment, before Cruz changed the subject finally managing to sputter the claim that Cruz was lying.
But Cruz is not lying.
A citizen of New York, Donald Trump never challenged the NY SAFE Act as his liberal allies rammed it through the New York legislature, and has never fought to get New Yorkers a reasonable concealed carry law, despite using his wealth and privilege to get one of his own.
Like other liberal elites, Trump wants a weapon for himself, but has never cared about fighting for the right of citizens to bear arms. In fact, he’s argued against them.
The only public statements we can find about Donald Trump in relation to firearms prior to his decision to run for President has been his support for banning them.
I’m not here to tell you how to vote. That is your decision to make. I will note that Donald Trump was the most liberal candidate on the Second Amendment to run on the Republican ticket this cycle, and was even more liberal than one of the Democrats (Jim Webb).
I will also note that Cruz is the only candidate in the race in either party with the track record to suggest that he will nominate a Scalia-like justice to the Supreme Court to defend your right to bear arms.