Here is the simple truth, strict gun control
laws do not work. If you look at the empirical data, the jurisdictions
with the strictest gun control laws typically have among them the highest crime rates and
highest murder rates. You look at Chicago, you look at Washington DC. Both among the
most draconian gun laws in the country. And both consistently among the worst crime rates
and murder rates. Contrast that with other cities. My home state of Texas or for that
matter, the great state of New Hampshire, where we actually believe in protecting the
right to keep and bear arms. And you see crime rates that are much, much lower. You know
there is nothing criminals like more than unarmed victims. It is a pattern that has
been lost on nobody. That a very large percentage of these horrible mass shootings have occurred
in so called gun free school zones or gun free zones. Areas where the criminal knows
the victims will not be in the position to defend themselves and they’ll be vulnerable.
I don’t think that is an accident. I’ll point out 2 and ½ years ago we saw another
mass shooting in Newtown CT, It was horrifying, I’ll tell you as a parent of 2 young children.
To see a psychotic madman murdering little kids, shakes you to the core. That was an
opportunity President Obama could have taken to bring us together. For us to stand together,
in the wake of that shooting and say, “let’s come together and lets go after the bad guy”.
With respect to violent criminals, let’s come down on them like a ton of bricks. But
instead, President Obama then did the very same thing he is doing now. He immediately
took the opportunity to politicize the tragedy and not target the bad guys, not target the
criminals. But instead, try and strip away the Constitutional Rights of law-abiding citizens.
You know, I joined with Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley in authoring legislation—it was the Grassley-Cruz
legislation. It was called the Law Enforcement Alternative, and I lead the fight against
President Obama’s efforts to restrict our Constitutional Rights to keep and bear arms
in the Senate. We defeated every single proposal of the President Obama’s that would have
undermined the right to keep and bear arms. We defeated it on the floor of the Senate.
But if you look at Grassley-Cruz, what did it do? It focused energy on the bad guys.
For example, every year there are tens of thousands of felons and fugitives who attempt
to illegally purchase fire arms. The Obama administration refuses to prosecute, it is
utterly indefensible. The Grassley-Cruz Legislation I introduced would have created a gun violence
task force to prosecute. If a felon or fugitive comes and tries to buy an illegal gun, we
should go after them, prosecute them and throw them in jail. You know why Grassley-Cruz didn’t
pass? Because Democrats filibustered. Harry Reid led a filibuster against it because their
view was they had no interest in actually doing anything going after criminals. Then
if they couldn’t restrict your right and my right to keep and bear arms, they were
going to do nothing what so ever to go after the bad guys.