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Ted Cruz Puts the Second Amendment Center Stage

Senator Ted Cruz did something unusual at today’s NRA-ILA Leadership Forum: He made a speech about the Second Amendment. More specifically, Cruz cast the 2016 election as a “referendum” on the Supreme Court and its fealty to the Bill of Rights. Cruz explained the importance of the 2008 D.C. v Heller decision, and reminded the audience that there are many courts still defying it — in particular, the Fourth Circuit, which recently rewrote the ruling in order to uphold a Maryland ban on “assault weapons.” Cruz finished by suggesting that there may be another vacancy on the court “either this summer or next summer,” and urged the crowd to fight as hard for a Gorsuch-style justice as they did over the last few months.

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