Gun rights will be exercised more freely and the free market — not fear — will drive gun sales under a Republican president, according to presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.
The Texas senator discussed the topic with Guns.com during an interview at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Nashville, using an explanation that mashed together several pressing issues.
“Hopefully a Republican, a strong conservative, will actually defend the Second Amendment instead of undermining it will stand up for the Bill of Rights of every American,” Cruz said. “But that in turn will mean we have a culture where people are allowed to exercise freedom, allowed to exercise their rights.”
“I also hope that under a Republican president we get back to free market principles, which allow small business to grow, and prosper, and create jobs and opportunity, and that’s really, for all of us, what we want is a better world for our kids,” he continued. “For the first time in history today a majority of Americans fear our kids will have a worse life than we do. We’ve gotta turn that around.”
The gun world has flourished under the Obama Administration. Year after year gun sales increased at exponential levels and peaked at an all time high in 2013, which makes it hard to believe the industry will maintain the same momentum under a Republican president, who would presumably have the blessing of the NRA.
The polarization of the two political parties and ideas has been par for course since President Obama swore into office in 2009, and the already politically toxic issue of “guns” turned damned near radioactive. Thought, impassioned rhetoric and an extensive interpretation of the Second Amendment by the Supreme Court in 2008 best explain the gun industry’s success during Obama’s two terms.
Obama — the leader of the free world — represents left-leaning ideas and is a product of an evolving demography across the country. From the gun lobby’s perspective, his 2008 comment while on the campaign trail about small-town America presumably embodies how he views gun owners and conservatives cut from the same cloth:
“…like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,” he said.
He’s seen as a super villain by gun rights advocates, despite minimal action on the gun control front, and his mere presence in the White House has acted as a looming threat to gun rights and in turn helped evoke a passionate response by a boisterous base.
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