With mass shootings occurring nationwide with alarming frequency, many Americans are calling for additional gun control measures. While he has not given specifics, President Donald Trump has mentioned that he might be open to creating new gun legislation.
The President’s comments, and his lack of specificity has some Republican lawmakers wondering what he may be considering. On Thursday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz warned that working with the Democrats on gun control could demoralize the Republican base close to the 2020 election.
Cruz made the comments during a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “If Republicans abandon the Second Amendment and demoralize millions of Americans who care deeply about Second Amendment rights, that could go a long way to electing a President Elizabeth Warren,” he said.
The Texas lawmaker continued, “We’re going to see record-shattering Democratic turnout. The only element missing to ensure Democratic victory is demoralizing conservatives so they stay home. I hope we don’t do that.”
Cruz isn’t the only Republican senator speaking out against any possible form of gun control. Montana senator Steve Daines recently said, “We want to make sure that anything that is done by Congress actually does something to make us significantly safer. Extensive background checks already exist today. As I traveled some 7,000 miles around Montana during the month of August, 31 different communities, 21 different counties, the consensus is that more gun control is not the answer.”
The gun control debate was a very important topic during Thursday night’s Democratic debates. It will clearly be one of the key issues driving voters on both sides of the aisle to voting booths in 2020.
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.