A challenger for 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, Representative Colin AllredD-Texas, weighed in on the right to bear arms and said he doesn’t believe the Second Amendment should have been written in the first place.
“Within the confines of the Second Amendment applied with precision, we can do whatever we want, in terms of gun regulations and all that,” Allred said. “The Second Amendment has, in the first sentence, to maintain a ‘well-regulated militia,’ and ‘the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’
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“And those are two ideas. The recent trend has been to focus only on the right to bear arms instead of the well-regulated part of the militia,” Allred continued in the video, which was first resurfaced by Breitbart. “So I just think we have to apply it with precision.”
“Would it be better if it hadn’t been written?” Of course. But there’s no way we’re repealing any of the Bill of Rights amendments,” the Texas Democrat said.
“I’m not just talking about politics, it wouldn’t happen. It is not within the bounds of reality in this country,” he added. “But what we could do, I think, is there’s a lot of room in there to not allow people to have ‘weapons of war’.”
Allred’s campaign manager, Paige Hutchinson, told Fox News Digital, “Congressman Allred’s record on this is clear: he supports common sense reform and respects the rights of gun owners. law-abiding.”
“He proudly supported Senator Cornyn’s bipartisan bill to keep guns from dangerous people, which Ted Cruz voted against,” Hutchinson said. “A highly edited clip from six years ago is by no means an accurate reflection of Allred’s position.”
Allred voted for Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn’s Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which was signed into law last year and strengthened state red flag laws, improved background checks on gun buyers under 21, added penalties for certain armed criminals, and provided funding for a variety of health and mental health-related programs.
Cornyn’s bill also addresses the so-called “boyfriend loophole,” which is a loophole in federal law that means domestic abusers can have gun rights taken away, but not singles.
On Wednesday, Allred, a former NFL linebacker who later worked 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 of his northeastern suburbs, became the first major Democrat to jump into the Senate race against Cruz, who is running for a third six-year term representing Texas.
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Allred’s campaign on Friday said it had raised $2 million in the first 36 hours since launching its campaign, but while its $2 million gain is significant, the Texas Democrat will have to maintain the aggressive pace. Cruz started the round with $3.3 million in cash, while bringing in another $1.2 million in the first quarter of this year.
Cruz became a Texas powerhouse in the Senate after his victory over 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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