Cruz: Obama Using Newtown Shootings for Political Gain

Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 11:36 PM

By Greg Richter

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, accused President Barack Obama of using the Sandy Hook school shooting for political gain on Thursday.

Cruz said Obama’s call not to “get squishy” on tougher gun control laws was taking advantage of a tragic situation, and he vowed to stop the White House’s push for such regulations, The Huffington Post reports.

"Shame on us if we've forgotten," Obama said earlier Thursday at the White House, surrounded my mothers who have lost children to shootings. "I haven't forgotten those kids."

Twenty students six staff members were killed in Newtown, Conn., in December by a gunman who stormed his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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But Republicans, and many Democrats, are resistant to the president and Democratic leaders who have been pushing stricter background checks and bans on large-clip ammunition magazines and what some call assault weapons. The assault weapons ban has been taken out of the current legislation for lack of support.

"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," Cruz said in statement.

He said he will work with fellow Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, and Jim Inhofe, among others, to use any procedural means necessary to stop legislation that would restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

But Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., may have a procedural trick up his own sleeve. Roll Call reports that the Senate’s revised rules and procedures would let Reid to move legislation to the Senate floor without the threat of a pre-emptive filibuster.

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