Senator Ted Cruz: Democrats Filibustered Legislation That Could Have Prevented Texas Church Shotting

On Fox News @ Night, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke of the legislation introduced with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in 2013 that was filibustered by Democrats, “would have resulted in this shooter being in federal prison instead of murdering those innocents in that Texas church.”

Devin Kelley lied on the ATF form 4473 he filled out before purchasing a gun.  Senator Cruz blasted the Obama Administration for not prosecuting criminals who lied on forms when purchasing guns, which is a felony.

No disqualifying information showed up in the background check when it was completed because the Air Force had not sent the information on Kelly to the FBI, Senator Cruz stated it is “an endemic problem; it’s a problem at the federal government; it’s a problem with the states. ”

The federal and states need to send criminal information to the FBI database, which should be mandatory, and the government needs to enforce laws and pursue prosecution against those who lie on forms when trying to purchase guns.

Video: Sen. Ted Cruz reflects on the Texas church massacre

Ted Cruz:  This should have been stopped beforehand. Under federal law, it was illegal for this individual to purchase a firearm. He had a conviction for a crime that is punishable by more than a year in prison; and he had a conviction for multiple domestic violence crimes. Both of those, it’s already ineligible. But, several things happened: number one, the Air Force, the Obama Administration didn’t report those convictions to the NCIS data base. That’s an endemic problem; it’s a problem at the federal government; it’s a problem with the states. And so, when he went in to buy the guns, they ran the background check, and they didn’t find it cause it wasn’t in the data base.

But I’ll tell you: we could have prevented this. In 2013, in the wake of Sandy Hook, I joined with Chuck Grassley, we introduced legislation that was called the Grassley-Cruz legislation, and it was aggressive legislation targeting felons and violent criminals to stop them from getting guns. There were a couple elements of that legislation that were critical: one, it mandated that federal agencies, including the Air Force, report to the NCIS because that was a problem back then.

But two, and this is an even more critical piece, it had been reported to the background, the background data base, when he went into Academy to buy these weapons, he lied on the forms. That is a felony, to lie on those forms. The Obama Administration didn’t prosecute those cases. In 2010, 48,000 felons and fugitives lied and illegally tried to purchase guns; they prosecuted only 44 of them.

Gun control for felons and fugitives yes, for individual citizens,” Cruz concluded, “for law-abiding citizens, no, and the Democrats filibustered the legislation that would have resulted in this shooter being in federal prison instead of murdering those innocents in that Texas church.

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