Senator Ted Cruz Not Only Swept The Floor On The Gun Control Hearings
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[Senator Ted Cruz Not Only Swept The Floor On The Gun Control Hearings]
[Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz (December 22, 1970)] Source: LYBIO.net
Thank you mister chairman and it’s a pleasure to serve with you at all the members of this committee uh… I want to begin by thanking each of the
distinguish witnesses who has come here today, thank you for taking your time. In particular i want to thank you Captain Kelly for your service to this
country and for your wife’s extraordinary journey for her coming here.
Uh… Congresswoman woman Gifford’s has been lifted up in prayer by millions of Americans and her heroic recovery is inspirational uh… and please know that you and your family will continue in our prayers in the years to come.
My wife and i have two little girls there are 4 and 2.
I think no parent in a particular; no parent of young children could watch what happened in newtown without being utterly horrified, utterly horrified at the depravity uh… of a deranged criminal who who who would senselessly murder twenty young children at an elementary school.
Unfortunately in Washington emotion I think often leads too bad policies. When a tragedy occurs often this body rushes to act and at times it seems the considerations of this body operate in a fact free zone.
I will suggests a philosophy that I think should guide this body in assessing gun violence uh… and then huh I would like to highlight and ask a few questions on a couple points that I think a particular salient to addressing this issue.
The philosophy I would suggest makes sense, is that we should be vigorous an unrelenting in working to prevent to detter to punish violent criminals.
I’ve spent a substantial portion of my professional life working in law enforcement uh… and the tragedies that are inflicted on innocent americans every day by criminals are are heartbreaking and we need to do more to prevent them. At the same time i think we should remain vigilance in protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens and I think far too often the approaches that have been suggested by this congress to the issue of gun violence restricts the liberties of law-abiding citizens rather than targeting the violent criminals that we should be targeted.
And I would point out that that I hope some of the passion we have seen for members of this committee with respect to the need to prevent violent crime
will be reflected equally should we find ourselves in a judicial confirmation hearing with the judicial nominee who has a record of abusing the exclusionary rule to exclude evidence that results in a violent criminal walking free and being able to commit yet another crime.
I hope we see exactly the same passion devoted to assessing whether judicial nominees willie enforce our criminal laws and not frustrate the administration of justice.
Three points I think a particularly salient the first is in my judgment the proposed assault weapons ban is a singularly ineffective piece of legislation.
I was having a conversation recently with a loved one of my family who asked a reasonable question she said: Why do Regular people need machine guns?
And you know one of the things that happens in this debate is the phrase assault weapons ban gets a lot of people really concerned and they assume much like the phrase military style weapons that we’re talking about ordinary citizens running around with m-sixteens a uzies that are fully automatic
Fully automatic machine guns are already functionally illegal.
Ordinary citizens cannot own them absent very very heavily heavy regulation, this entire discussion does not concern machine guns and yet i would venture to say a large percentage of Americans do not understand that.
I want to begin by talking about the assault weapons ban it as it was in force before and i would ask for slide number one:
The assault weapons ban that used to be in effect according to the part of the justice quote failed to reduce the average number of victims per gun murder incident or multiple gunshot shoot wound victims.
Now that is the assessment of the united states department of Justice in nineteen ninety four that was the Janet Reno department of justice under president Clinton that said the assault weapons ban was singularly ineffective.
If we can move to the SECOND SLIDE.
THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, LIKEWISE, CONCLUDED THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN “UNDER IT, there has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence.
[Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz (December 22, 1970)] Source: LYBIO.net
SECOND SLIDE. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, LIKEWISE, CONCLUDED THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN “UNDER IT, THERE HAS BEEN NO DISCERNIBLE REDUCTION IN THE LATE VALLEY AND INJURIES THIS OF GUN VIOLENCE.
SO THE REACTION OF THIS TRAGEDY IN NEW TOWN IS FOR A LOT OF THE ELECTED OFFICIALS TO RUSH TO REENACT A LAW AND ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE
Officials in Washington to rush to re-enact a law that according to the department of justice did absolutely nothing to reduce gun violence
Now why is that? That’s not accidental because the assault weapons ban if it doesn’t ban machine guns. What does it ban?
WHAT IT DOES BAN, I WOULD SUGGEST, ARE SCARY-LOOKING GUNS.
If we can move to slide three:
THIS IS A PHOTOGRAPH OF A REMINGTON 750, ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR HUNTING RIFLES IN AMERICA.
THIS RIFLE WOULD BE ENTIRELY LEGAL UNDER THIS SO-CALLED ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN. NOW I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU, MR. LAPIERRE.
FUNCTIONALLY, IN TERMS OF THE OPERATIONS OF THIS FIRE ARM, SEMI-AUTOMATIC, YOU PULL THE TRIGGER, ONE BULLET COMES OUT. IS THE FIRING MECHANISM IN THIS FIRE ARE MATERIALLY DIFFERENT FROM THE SO-CALLED ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN THAT THIS BILL IS TARGETED AT?
NO, IT IS NOT.
NOW WHAT THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN INSTEAD TARGETS IS COSMETIC FEATURES.
FOR EXAMPLE, I AM HOLDING IN MY HAND A PISTOL GRIP.
UNDER THIS PROPOSED LEGISLATION, IF THIS PIECE OF PLASTIC – THIS PISTOL GRIP – WERE ATTACHED TO THIS RIFLE, IT WOULD SUDDENLY BECOME A BAN ASSAULT WEAPON.
NOW I WOULD ASK YOU, MR. LAPIERRE, ARE YOU AWARE OF ANY EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST THAT ATTACHING A PIECE OF PLASTIC TO THIS RIFLE WOULD MAKE IT IN ANY WAY SLIGHTLY MORE DANGEROUS?
No That’s that’s – THE PROBLEM WITH THE WHOLE BILL THAT SENATOR FEINSTEIN INTRODUCED, IT IS BASED ON FALSEHOODS TO PEOPLE THAT DO NOT UNDERSTAND FIREARMS. TO CONVINCE THEM THAT THE PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS OF BONDS THEY ARE TRYING TO BAN THROUGH THAT BILL ARE DIFFERENT THAN THE PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS THAT THEY ARE NOT TRYING TO BAN. THEY MAKE BIGGER HOLES, RAPID- FIRE, THEY SPRAY BULLETS, THEY ARE MORE POWERFUL, THEY ARE HEAVY ARMOR.
ALL OF THAT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE. I MEAN – THE AR-15 USES A 223. AND, I HEAR IN THE MEDIA ALL THE TIME AND PEOPLE SAY, NO – A DEER HUNTER WOULD USE SOMETHING — THAT POWERFUL, I MEAN, 2-43’s 2-70’s, 25 odd 6, 30 odd 6, 3-08 THERE ARE DOZENS OF OTHER CALIBER THAT ARE USED IN HUNTING THAT ARE MORE POWERFUL. I MEAN
SO LET ME MAKE SURE I UNDERSTAND THAT RIGHT, THIS DEER RIFLE, WHICH IS ENTIRELY LEGAL AND IS USED BY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, IS SOLD IN THE IDENTICAL CALIBER AS THE SO-CALLED ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN, ALTHOUGH THOSE LOOK SCARIER BECAUSE THEY HAVE A PIECE OF PLASTIC ATTACHED TO THEM?
AND THE Ruger MINI – 415 THE ONE THAT SENATOR FEINSTEIN EXEMPTS IN HER BILL, it uses 223 – the AR-15, Which HAS THE HANDLE ON THE BOTTOM, WHICH WAS PROHIBITED, ALSO USES THE EXACT SAME.
I AM OUT OF TIME AND I WANT TO MAKE ONE FINAL POINT. IF I MAY – THERE HAS BEEN MUCH ATTENTION DRAWN TO GUN SHOWS. THE STATISTIC OF 40% HAS BEEN BANDIED ABOUT. THAT STATISTIC IS UNFORTUNATELY BASED ON A STUDY THAT OCCURRED BEFORE THE BACKGROUND CHECK WOULD INTO EFFECT, AND SO IT IS HIGHLY DUBIOUS.
AND I DO WANT TO POINT OUT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS SAID. WHICH IS IN SLIDE FIVE:
THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS SAID THAT FIREARMS USED IN CRIMES, 1.9% OF THOSE FIREARMS COME FROM GUN SHOWS. SO AGAIN, IN RESPONSE TO THIS CRIME, THIS BODY DOES NOT ACT TO ENACT ANTI- CRIME LEGISLATION TO PREVENT BY CRIMES. INSTEAD, IT TARGETS 1.9% OF THE GUNS, AND A SUBSTANTIAL PORTION OF THOSE GUNS WERE SOLD BY LICENSED FIREARM DEALERS WHO ALREADY CONDUCTED A BACKGROUND CHECK. SO EVEN THAT 1. 9%, A SUBSTANTIAL PORTION ARE ALREADY SUBJECT TO A BACKGROUND CHECK. I WOULD ASK, MR CHAIRMAN, IF WE COULD HAVE A SECOND ROUND, I WOULD LIKE TO GET INTO THE EFFECTIVENESS OR LACK THEREOF OF THIS.
I AM GOING TO LEAVE THE RECORD OPEN FOR QUESTIONS I THINK BECAUSE OF THE SET SCHEDULE THIS AFTERNOON, WE MAY NOT HAVE A SECOND ROUND, So – BUT I WILL LEAVE THE RECORD OPEN. SO – THE SENATOR – AND I HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS, AND I WON’T HAVE TIME EITHER – SO I CAN SUBMIT MY QUESTIONS – SENATOR FRANK
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