Shortly after President Barack Obama rolled out a series of executive actions on gun control in response to the growing threat of gun violence in the United States, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s campaign released an image of Obama in combat gear alongside the bold headline, “Obama Wants Your Guns.”
The evangelical politician has taken demagoguery to new heights as the website’s militarized and fear-induced image of Obama fans the flames of conservative uproar, alluding Obama’s gun control measures as tantamount to stripping Americans of their constitutional rights. Yet Obama, fully aware of right-wing politicians’ exaggerated accusations, asserted that his reforms do not go against the Second Amendment.
“I believe in the Second Amendment. It’s there written on the paper. It guarantees a right to bear arms. No matter how many times people try to twist my words around,” Obama said. “But I also believe that we can find ways to reduce gun violence consistent with the Second Amendment.”
Yet Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Cruz’s campaign, countered Obama’s contention telling CNN the president “has been very straightforward about his desire to limit law-abiding Americans' access to firearms and thereby their ability to protect themselves."
The menacing webpage is accompanied by a form where gun-proponents can give Cruz their name, email address and zip code to support the fight against gun control.
Cruz is already promising to roll back the executive orders when he is president.
"Those executive orders are not worth the paper they're printed on," Cruz said during a campaign rally on Tuesday. "Because when you live by the pen, you die by the pen, and my pen has got an eraser."
Cruz has insensitively manipulated Obama’s widely-praised action to prevent the U.S.’s escalating gun violence epidemic to fuel his own campaign. But somehow the swift president had a hunch of that impending reaction.
“Contrary to claims of some presidential candidates,” Obama said. “This is not a plot to take away everybody’s guns.”
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