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How to Respond to a Hostile Gun Grabber

How to Respond to a Hostile Gun Grabber
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas walks to the senate chamber, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

By with Michael R. Shannon Tuesday, 20 March 2018 08:48 AM Current | Bio | Archive

There is nothing quite like the smug superiority of the arrogant and ignorant TV hairdo. The calm self–assurance and ability to dismiss inconvenient facts conflicting with preconceived notions is a vital talent for the famous TV host.

Most of the time, when a Republican encounters this variety of interviewer, they essentially cower, begging for mercy. None of Trump’s example of giving as good as one gets appears to have taken hold.

Then there is Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, whose rebuttal technique was so noteworthy it caught the attention of The Week. Sen. Cruz went toe-to-toe with MSNBC's "Morning Joe," giving a demonstration of standing your ground in a hostile environment.

Host Joe Scarborough contended that the Second Amendment of the Constitution does not grant citizens the right to own an "assault rifle," or AR–15.

This school of legal conjecture holds that the amendment is in reality a "right to hunt" amendment and any gun that doesn’t have deer or squirrel as part of the description is banned from private ownership.

This is ridiculous on its face. The Second Amendment grants personal gun ownership rights to citizens because citizen volunteers make up the militia. Militias are a form of light infantry, so it stands to reason citizens should have the right to own light infantry weapons— including the AR-15.

Joe Scarborough wants to ban "assault weapons" immediately. Sen. Cruz pointed out the nation had just that sort of ban for a full decade and that there was "no statistically significant effect on violent crime." That’s why Congress allowed the law to sunset.

Cruz also refused to accept Joe’s leftist buzzword that categorizes some rifles as
"assault weapons." He explained those rifles function the same as deer hunting rifles and "what they call an assault weapon is essentially a scary-looking gun with a plastic handle here, a strap there," which is entirely cosmetic.

That didn’t dissuade legal scholar Joe, so Cruz had to resort to additional facts; the senator pointed out that he personally argued the Heller case before the U.S. Supreme Court, and that victory further codified the fact citizens have the right to own guns.

Joe wasn’t going to take that sitting down, so the TV talker claimed Sen. Cruz’ interpretation would have some other unnamed lawyers "rolling their eyes."

That’s when the Texas Republican delivered the coup de grace. Matching the former politician disdain for disdain, Cruz patiently explained his pre-Senate job was "litigating before the Supreme Court," adding ruefully, "I recognize this is not what you do."

A knockout by any measure and an example of aggressive defense I wish other Republicans would remember when they are interviewed by the opposition media.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough wants to ban assault weapons immediately. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, pointed out the nation had just that sort of ban for a full decade and that there was "no statistically significant effect on violent crime." That’s why Congress allowed the law to sunset.
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