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Ted Cruz Makes an Argument That Needs To Be Made Over and Over in 2016

Here’s Ted Cruz, speaking Friday:

One more liberal justice and our right to keep and bear arms is taken away from us by an activist court.

What is he talking about? This — from a piece I wrote earlier this month:

[I]f the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges teaches us anything, it’s that the age of judicial supremacy means that five justices can amend the Constitution far more efficiently than Congress and the state legislatures. And right now there are clearly four Supreme Court justices who are committed to the absurd view that the operative clause of the Second Amendment — “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” — doesn’t actually mean “the right of the people” and therefore doesn’t encompass an individual right to own a weapon, even for self-defense.

In other words, we’re one supreme court justice away from a holding that the Second Amendment is essentially a dead letter, protecting the right to bear arms only within the context of militia service. With the presumptive Democratic nominee now speaking openly about gun confiscation, constitutional protections for individual gun ownership are more critical than any time in recent memory. As we saw from the first Democratic debate, Sanders and Clinton will soon be outbidding themselves in their opposition to gun rights, and the next Democratic president will be under intense pressure from the progressive base to deliver on the countless gun control promises they’re likely to make between now and the election. Blue state legislatures are already primed to push gun control as far as they can. One more liberal justice, and we face a brave new world of gun control legislation.

I hope the other GOP candidates are listening to Cruz. His cause needs to be their cause.

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