New Texas Senator Ted Cruz has wasted no time in establishing himself as the country’s leading Latino opponent of any new restrictions on gun sales or ownership.
Just three days after taking office, Cruz appeared on Fox News Sunday accusing advocates of stricter controls on gun shows, semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity ammo clips of playing politics with the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
“Every parent was horrified by what happened (in Newtown),” said Cruz. “It takes your breath away. But within minutes, we saw politicians run out and try to exploit this tragedy, try to push their political agenda of gun control. I do not support their gun control agenda.”
In becoming Texas’s first Latino U.S. Senator, Cruz campaigned by opposing the closing of the gun-show loophole, re-enacting an assault weapons ban and restricting high-capacity clips.
“I don’t think the proposals being discussed now make sense,” Cruz said on national television Sunday.
But Cruz, a darling of the Tea Party movement and appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee, said there are some legislative measures that he would be comfortable with.
“Look, are there things we can do?” he asked. “Sure. One of the things we could do is we could improve the quality of the federal database (for background checks).”
“Right now a lot of states, a lot of local jurisdictions are not reporting criminal convictions, not reporting mental health, barriers to ownership—and so the federal database is not nearly as good as it should be. That would be a common sense improvement.”
But Cruz said he is adamantly opposed to a proposal put forth by California’s senior senator.
“Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s bill would create a national gun registry,” he said. “I don’t think the federal government has any business having a list of law-abiding citizens who choose to exercise their right to keep and bear arms.”