A challenger too Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz said it would have been “better” if the Second Amendment “hadn’t been written”.
In a resurfaced video from 2018, MP Colin AllredD-Texas weighed the right to bear arms and said he didn’t think the Second Amendment should have even been written.
“Within the limits of the strictly applied Second Amendment, we can do anything we want about gun regulation and all that,” Allred said. “The Second Amendment has in the first sentence to maintain a ‘well-regulated militia,’ and ‘the right to possess and bear arms shall not be violated.'”
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“And there are two ideas. The recent trend has just been to focus on the right to bear arms rather than the well-regulated part of the militia,” Allred continued in the video, first resurfaced by Breitbart. “So I just think we need to apply it accurately.”
“Would it be better if it hadn’t been written? Naturally. But there is no chance that we will reverse any amendments to the Bill of Rights,” the Texas Democrat said.
“I’m not just speaking politically, it wasn’t going to happen. It’s not within the bounds of reality in this country,” he added. “But I think what we could do is that there’s a lot of space there to not allow people to have ‘weapons of war’.”
Allred’s campaign manager Paige Hutchinson told Fox News Digital, “Congressman Allred’s record is clear: he supports sound reform and respects the rights of law-abiding gun owners.”
“He proudly supported Senator Cornyn’s bipartisan bill to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, which Ted Cruz voted against,” Hutchinson said. “A heavily edited clip from six years ago in no way reflects Allred’s position.”
Allred voted in favor of Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn’s Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which was enacted last year and strengthened states’ red flag laws, improved background checks for gun buyers under 21, added penalties for some gun criminals, and a multitude funded health and mental health programs.
Cornyn’s bill also addresses what’s known as the “boyfriend loophole,” a loophole in federal law that means married domestic abusers can be stripped of their gun rights, but not unmarried ones.
On Wednesday, Allred, a former NFL linebacker who went on to work in President Obama’s administration before defeating Republican Rep. Pete Sessions in 2018 in Texas’ 32nd congressional district, which includes parts of the city of Dallas and its northeastern suburbs, became first Great Democrat Jump into the Senate race against Cruz, who is running for a third six-year term as the Texas representative.
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Allred’s campaign on Friday said it raised $2 million in the first 36 hours since his campaign launched, but while his $2 million haul is significant, the Texas Democrat needs to maintain the aggressive pace. Cruz started the cycle with $3.3 million in cash and brought in an additional $1.2 million in the first quarter of this year.
Cruz has become a Texas Senate powerhouse after defeating former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat, in 2018.
Fox News Digital’s Elizabeth Elkind and Tyler Olson contributed to this report.
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