On Sunday, far-left activist Alyssa Milano questioned whether possession of a firearm is a God-given right, which prompted Sen. Ted Cruz to offer her a constitutional, religious and historical lesson on self-defense.
“Can someone cite which passage of the Bible God states it is a god-given right to own a gun?” Milano tweeted, resulting in a 10-tweet response from Ted Cruz that ended in Milano challenging Cruz, winner of both the U.S. National Debating Championship and the North American Debating Championship, to a debate, which Cruz happily accepted.
In Cruz’s response that marked the beginning of the Twitter feud, he said: “An excellent Q, worth considering carefully w/o the snark of Twitter. It is of course not the right to a modern-day firearm that is God-give[n] but rather the right to Life & the right to Liberty. Essential to that right to life is the right to DEFEND your life & your family. The right to self-defense is recognized repeatedly in the Bible, eg Exodus 22:2: ‘If a thief is caught breaking in at night & is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed.’ (Note, though, verse 3 says it IS murder if during daylight (ie, not self-defense).”
Cruz then turned to the documents we were founded on: “The Declaration of Independence acknowledges our rights thusly: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’ And, for that reason, the Second Amendment provides ‘the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, SHALL NOT be infringed.’ It wasn’t to protect people’s ability to hunt, or to shoot target practice, but to defend their lives, their homes & their families.”
Cruz then cited a recent example of an American hero exercising his God-given right to self-defense: “Stephen Willeford exercised that fundamental right when he risked his own life to stop the Sutherland Springs murderer, saving countless others as a result.”
The senator then cited historian George Tucker: “George Tucker, one of the most important scholars in early America, explained the reasons behind the Second Amendment as follows: ‘This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty. . . . The right of self defense is the first law of nature in most govts it has been the study of rulers to confine this right w/in the narrowest limits possible. Wherever…the right…to keep & bear arms is, under any…pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.'”
Cruz also cited some examples from American history that displayed the need for firearm self-defense: “That’s also why, post Civil War, disarming Black Americans was a critical objective of the KKK, and was memorialized in countless Jim Crow laws—to strip African-Americans of their God-given right to self-defense from violence.”
Cruz concluded: “I’m a Texan. What happened in Midland-Odessa—and El Paso, Santa Fe & Sutherland Springs—was sick, deranged & horrifying. We need to do MUCH more to stop violent criminals & those w/ dangerous mental illness BEFORE they murder & I’m leading the fight in the Senate to do so.”
Milano responded: “I’d love to come in and meet with you on the gun issue and many other issues that include life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, @tedcruz and also, 1 Peter 4:8,I’ll be in DC next week. We can live-stream the meeting so the American people can hear your bullsh** 1st hand.”
“I’d be happy to sit down & visit next week about uniting to stop gun violence & about the Constitution,” Cruz replied. “If we can have a civil & positive conversation—in the spirit of 1 Peter 4:8 as you suggest—despite our political differences, that might help resolve the discord in our Nation.”
1 Peter 4:8 states, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”