While appearing on Wednesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Senator Ted Cruz, R-Tex., faced off against an arrogant and condescending Joe Scarborough on the topic of gun control.
At one point, Scarborough told Cruz, “I don’t need you to lecture me on what the Supreme Court does and doesn’t do.”
According to the Daily Caller:
“So you know better than anyone. You know what the Second Amendment says,” said Scarborough.
“I don’t know better than anyone but I know what the Second Amendment says,” said Cruz.
“But you were involved with Heller, weren’t you?” asked Scarborough.
“I represented 31 states in Heller,” responded Cruz.
“So you know, at least where it stands right now, Scalia said that Second Amendment means people have a right to keep and bear arms in their homes. They have a right to have handguns in their home, they have a right to have shotguns in their home,” Scarborough stated.
“People didn’t just say in their home, by the way. The home is not a qualifier,” said Cruz.
“But, if you go from 2008 and the decision in 2010 all the way through now, obviously the Supreme Court has denied time and time again for limitations on assault-style weapons, for limitations on carry, for limitations on just about everything. But what you and others successfully argued in Heller,” Scarborough said.
“Remember, Heller was about a semi-automatic handgun which they said the Second Amendment protected and the District of Columbia couldn’t ban,” Cruz argued.
“But you know though that every American doesn’t have a constitutional Second Amendment right to carry an AR-15. Yes or no?” Scarborough asked.
This went on until Scarborough got testy with Cruz.
“I don’t need you to lecture me on what the Supreme Court does and doesn’t do. If the Supreme Court denies time and time again, and they have since 2010, and they have allowed Connecticut’s laws to stand in place that actually ban assault-style weapons right now the court is sitting back and they are allowing that to remain in place and allowing that. That is constitutional right now. There is not a constitutional right, and you know it, and you can talk down to me all you want to, but you know there is not a constitutional–,” he said.
“Who is talking down to whom? You say lawyers are rolling their eyes at me, I mean let’s be clear,” Cruz said in response.
Scarborough didn’t like that and suggested the Second Amendment doesn’t cover the AR-15.
“Even a dumb country lawyer like me understands that an AR-15 today is not recognized as a constitutional right of Americans under the Second Amendment. Is that right or wrong?” he asked.
Cruz shredded Scarborough’s ridiculous notion that the Supreme Court has to evaluate every weapon manufactured but, Townhall said, nothing Cruz said seemed to make a dent in his rather thick skull.
Chris Reeves also pointed out that once upon a time, Scarborough wasn’t too thrilled with gun control and actually voted to repeal Bill Clinton’s assault weapon ban.
But that was before he became a talking head at MSNBC…
Here’s video of the exchange:
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