Cruz Slams Obama: ‘The Second Amendment Is Not the Enemy, ISIS Is’
"It seems when it comes to President Obama and Hillary Clinton, radical Islamic terrorism is something that just doesn't exist. I've also introduced legislation in the Senate to halt our refugee program from those coming from terror-ridden countries, in Syria in particular. We cannot make the mistake of extending the same generosity to the extent of imperiling the safety and security of American citizens. With all due respect, the president has it exactly backwards. We don't stop the bad guys by giving away our guns. We stop the bad guys by using our guns. Let's be very clear, the second amendment is not the enemy – ISIS is, radical Islamic terrorism is, those that want to murder us are. Reagan understood the hard truths embodied in dictatorships and double-standards, which was that established, liberal democracies were not the only valuable allies for America.
They are rather the best ones, and ought to be prioritized, celebrated, and fiercely protected, but if we refuse to work with countries that do not meet our democratic standards, who are not making a rapid enough conversion to democracy, but are still helpful to advancing our larger goals to protecting our national security then we risk fundamentally undermining those goals, and so to our national security."