Sens. Ted Cruz and Dianne Feinstein got into a heated discussion over the Constitutional right to bear arms during a gun control hearing today.
“It seems to me that all of us should begin as our foundational document with the Constitution,” Cruz began. “And the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights provides the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Cruz explained that the same phrase, “the right of the people,” also appears in the First and Fourth Amendments.
“And the question that I would pose to the senior senator from California is, would she deem it consistent with the Bill of Rights for Congress to engage in the same endeavor that we are contemplating doing with the Second Amendment, in the context of the First or Fourth Amendment — namely, would she consider it Constitutional for Congress to specify that the First Amendment shall apply only to the following books, and shall not apply to the books that Congress has deemed outside the protection of the Bill of Rights? Likewise, would she think that the Fourth Amendment’s protection against searches and seizures could properly apply only to the following specified individuals, and not to the individuals that Congress has deemed outside the protection of the Fourth Amendment?”
“Senator, I’m not a sixth grader,” a heated Feinstein replied. She continued:
“I was a mayor for nine years. I walked in and I saw people shot. I’ve looked at bodies that have been shot with these weapons. I’ve seen the bullets that implode. In Sandy Hook, youngsters were dismembered. Look, there are other weapons. I’m not a lawyer. But after 20 years I’ve been up close and personal to the Constitution. I have great respect for it. This doesn’t mean that weapons of war — and the Heller decision clearly points out three exceptions, two of which are pertinent here. So I — it’s fine you want to lecture me on the Constitution, I appreciate it. Just know I’ve been here for a long time, I’ve passed on a number of bills, I’ve studied the Constitution myself, I am reasonably well-educated, and I thank you for the lecture.”