TMZ caught up with Senator Ted Cruz in Washington, D.C., last week and asked about Hollywood's influence and share of responsibility for gun violence in America. Celebrities are currently raging about gun control on social media, in the wake of the Parkland high school shooting in Florida.
The Blaze reports that the former presidential candidate, a Republican from Texas, gave TMZ perhaps more than it was expecting:
I don’t think this is one too many movies with cowboys and Indians or [Arnold] Schwarzenegger, Quentin Tarantino, or what have you. I don’t think that’s the cause. Evil has always been with us. Now Hollywood does glorify violence, and I’ve got to say I wish we had a little bit less of that. But the truth of the matter is when Hollywood celebrities engage on issues like this, they’re almost inevitably reflecting enormous hypocrisy. Because a lot of these movie stars, they have armed security traveling with them, so they’re perfectly happy to say, “Yeah, yeah, yeah. My armed security, he can keep me safe, but don’t let a law-abiding citizen.” The Second Amendment is about a single mom living in a tough neighborhood with a crack house down the street being able to defend herself and defend her kids.
Cruz then regaled the reporter with the story of Stephen Willeford, a good guy with a gun who stopped a shooter at the terrible church massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November.
“It was the Second Amendment that saved a lot of lives that day,” Cruz told TMZ. “Law enforcement lives and innocent men, women and children. The Second Amendment is about people protecting themselves.”
Cruz went on to slam Hollywood hypocrisy about gun control:
“Hollywood liberals on gun control is akin to Hollywood liberals on global warming,” Cruz said. “Which is they fly their private jets to a conference, step out and say, ‘Global warming is terrible. Let’s take away everything from the working men and women.’ And then they get back on their private jet and fly back. Same thing on gun control. If you have a bevy of armed security officers protecting you, maybe you shouldn’t be trying to strip Second Amendment rights from law-abiding citizens.”