On his Friday program, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough ranted against junior Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for questioning the constitutional merits of California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s gun control proposals.
“I don’t mean to go on and on here, but I am so shocked that he would continue to use his seat in the judiciary committee to just mislead millions of Americans and put forward a willfully ignorant position on what the Constitution says and what it does not say,” Scarborough said.
But in a release put out on Friday, Cruz’s office appeared to strike back at Scarborough, by saying the senator fully understood the ramifications of the landmark 2008 DC v. Heller case.
“Some media outlets have incorrectly characterized what U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said at yesterday’s Judiciary Committee mark-up on guns. In particular, some commentators have attacked a straw-man, falsely claiming Cruz argued the Heller v. DC case did not allow any restrictions at all under the Second Amendment,” the release said.
The release pointed to a clip from the hearing in which Cruz argued that “Heller” permits the use of certain firearms for self-defense:
“Thus, under Heller ‘dangerous and unusual’ weapons — like fully automatic machine guns and sawed-off shotguns — can be restricted, but weapons like so-called ‘assault weapons’ which are undoubtedly “in common use” (with over 4 million owned by Americans) cannot,” the release added.