Ted Cruz on Gun Ban
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Halligan had been nominated to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, but Senate Republicans blocked her confirmation for the second time earlier this month despite lamentations from the White House that she was enormously qualified and had waited more than 700 days since being nominated the first time in 2011.The President issued a statement expressing his disappointment with the Senate's failure to act. Saying,
"I am deeply disappointed that even after nearly two and a half years, a minority of Senators continued to block a simple up-or-down vote on her nomination,"
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"Right now, her amendment, using the most optimistic numbers, has less than 40 votes. That's not 60. I have to get something on the floor so we can have votes on that issue and the other issues."Senator Feinstein was reportedly disappointed, but she acknowledged the difficulty of attempting to pass the controversial legislation. Even if the ban were to pass the Senate the bill would in the Senator's words,
"...face the wonderful House of Representatives,"A sarcastic reference to the Republican controlled House of Representatives.
"Why would we turn a law-abiding citizen into a criminal? If the criminal element is going to be using weapons like this, it is not much satisfaction that criminals are going to have access [to these weapons] and we are going to give the American people a pea shooter."The legislation would prevent the purchase of 150 specifically named weapons, potentially limiting the ability of law-abiding American citizens to defend themselves.
“Conservatives can hope that Scalia and his four center-right colleagues will all outlast President Obama, but a probabilistic analysis suggests otherwise. Obama will likely replace at least one of the five, with the resulting liberal majority wrenching the Court to the left on issues ranging from gay marriage and religious liberty to immigration, racial preferences, voter ID laws, and the death penalty.”
“[A]ll that stands in the way of this legal Armageddon for conservatives is fortune and the 45 Republicans in the Senate. … [C]onservatives should demand a level of opposition from GOP senators, in the face of a predictably liberal nominee, that is commensurate with the threat of a reborn Warren Court. … [A] filibuster – or Republican resolve to use one if necessary – may be the only viable way for the party to ensure that a center-right vacancy is filled by a moderate.”
"Why do people need a semiautomatic Bushmaster to go out and kill deer?"They obviously imply that the weapon must be a military weapon not designed for hunting. But they are simply plain mistaken. It has just been made to look like a military weapon. The semiautomatic Bushmaster functions identically to a small game hunting rifle.
Despite plenty of studies by criminologists and economists, none of the academic criminologists or economists who have studied this have found any benefits from the law. One of the studies was even funded by the Clinton administration. Yet, this study too concluded: "the evidence is not strong enough for us to conclude that there was any meaningful effect (i.e., that the effect was different from zero)."
The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it had released hundreds of illegal immigrants held in detention facilities, saying it could no longer afford to house them because of across-the-board cuts that are set to start taking effect Friday.
“I don’t think the president’s focused on trying to find a solution to the sequester... The president has been traveling all over the country and today [is] going down to Newport News in order to use our military men and women as a prop in yet another campaign rally to support his tax hikes."
However, the actual impact of the law is more murky. There’s no question that it has boosted the number of minority Democrats in Congress. But by encouraging states to create so-called majority minority districts, the Voting Rights Act — as enforced and interpreted by the Justice Department and Congress — tends to increase the percentage of white voters in suburban districts and makes more of them “safe” Republican seats.
“Do you know which state has the worst ratio of white voter turnout to African-American voter turnout?” he asked. “Massachusetts. Do you know what has the best, where African-American turnout actually exceeds white turnout? Mississippi.”