U.S. Sen Ted Cruz is coming out strong against an assault weapons ban being proposed in Congress. 

Congressional Democrats reintroduced the legislation on Capitol Hill today.  The measure is authored by Democrat Dianne Feinstein; who wrote the original legislation during the Clinton administration.  The bill is part of a larger gun safety package being supported by President Obama.

Critics have said the ban would be ineffective and the National Rifle Association has strongly opposed it.

Sen. Cruz voiced his opposition today, accusing lawmakers of politicizing the Sandy Hook school shooting.  In a statement, he said:

“Real assault weapons—machine guns—are already functionally illegal, and they have been since 1934. This proposal would have done nothing to prevent the terrible murders in Newtown, but it would limit the constitutional liberties of law-abiding citizens. And gun control doesn’t work – the empirical data overwhelmingly demonstrate that strict gun-control laws consistently produce more crime and more murders.

The Second Amendment exists to ensure that law-abiding Americans can protect their homes and families, and I look forward to helping lead the fight to defeat this bill and to protect our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

 

 

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Sean Rushton