As part of a congressional hearing Tuesday regarding so-called Stand Your Ground laws, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) had an opportunity to address Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton.
After 17-year-old Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in self-defense last year, the law allowing individuals to protect themselves and their property with a firearm has come under fire. Cruz, however, said that this provision was never introduced as a defense in Zimmerman’s trial.
Still, as Fulton and many others continue to disparage the law, Cruz used the opportunity to explain why it is beneficial to all law-abiding citizens.
“We know that some in our political process have a desire to exploit that tragic, violent incident for agendas that have nothing to do with that young man who lost his life,” he said. “We have seen an effort to undermine the verdict of the jury and, more broadly, to inflame racial tensions that I think are sad an irresponsible.”
While some race-obsessed pundits claim that self-defense laws are somehow biased against minorities, the Tea Party-backed senator destroyed their tenuous argument. He even mentioned the fact that “a state senator in Illinois by the name of Barack Obama” supported similar legislation in 2004.
“I think that’s a remarkable statement on many, many fronts,” he continued, “including the fact that a great many African-Americans find themselves victims of violent crime, and have asserted this defense to defend themselves, defend their families, defend their children.”
Though claiming these laws (which have been implemented in various capacities throughout the U.S.) are racist is “a convenient political attack,” Cruz said that position is “not borne out by the facts remotely.”
Al Sharpton, one of the loudest voices claiming that racism was the catalyst for Martin’s death, used his unique gift of hypocrisy by trashing Cruz for his comments.
“It was a serious hearing, but Senator Ted Cruz seemed to think it was just a chance to score some cheap political points,” he claimed. That is pretty tough talk for a man whose entire career is built upon cheap political points.
Cruz, of course, is not swayed by the clamor on the left. He realizes that the patriots responsible for electing him last year are relying on him to represent their values in Washington, D.C. At this point in our nation’s history, he is one of a precious few actually making good on that promise.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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