Actor Alyssa Milano learned a lot about gun ctorl recently, thanks to Ted Cruz, who was more than happy to provide the lesson.
After agreeing to hold a civil debate on the Second Amendment, Milano, who is also an activist, sat down with Cruz on Tuesday for the debate.
Fred Guttenberg, the father of Jaime Guttenberg, who was killed during the Parkland, Florida, school shooting was also present for the debate.
Cruz led by explaining legislation he sponsored with Sen. Chuck Grassley. He said the Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act of 2019 could prevent many mass shootings. The legislation would improve background checks in firearm sales and help better alert law enforcement to issues with specific gun owners. It also allows for those selling guns to utilize background checks voluntarily, and it would criminalize “straw purchasing” of firearms.
Milano tried pulling out a Reagan quote during the debate to “prove” Republicans have gotten more radical when it comes to gun ownership, but Cruz shot down her argument with a simple fact that many leftists seem to be unaware of.
“I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen to own guns for sporting, for hunting, and so forth, or for home defense. But I do believe that an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon or needed for the defense of the home,” was the Reagan quote Milano dropped.
Cruz responded by saying that “Machine guns are functionally illegal right now.”
“The machine gun has been functionally illegal for 80 years, you and I can’t purchase a machine gun,” he added.
No doubt Milano mistook the AR-15 for a machine gun, in fact, many assume the AR-15 is a machine gun. It is not. It is a semi-automatic rifle.
Cruz again pushed his Grassley-Cruz act and said a firearm ban does not lead to a decrease in violence, since criminals do not follow the law and laws can oftentimes only create black markets that police then spend all of their time fighting.
Guttenberg said he would support Cruz’s legislation if it truly made an impact.
Cruz later took to Twitter and had nothing but positive things to say about the debate, but Milano seemed disappointed.
Cruz tweeted, “Always grateful for the opportunity to engage in positive, civil discussion on substantive issues. Today’s meeting with @Alyssa_Milano and @fred_guttenberg was productive and respectful, and I appreciate their willingness to come here with an open mind.”
Guttenberg thanked Cruz for the debate.
“Thank you @SenTedCruz for inviting @Alyssa_Milano, @DadoftheDecade and I today. You were gracious with the 90 minutes you took for our very candid conversation. I look forward to continuing with it,” he tweeted.
Thank you @SenTedCruz for inviting @Alyssa_Milano, @DadoftheDecade and I today. You were gracious with the 90 minutes you took for our very candid conversation. I look forward to continuing with it. https://t.co/YSjP8RPxHj
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) September 10, 2019
Milano was a little less optimistic.
“I just left. He was gracious. I’m unsure if it changes anything. But appreciative for the opportunity to bridge the divide with civil, meaningful, discussion,” the “Charmed” actress tweeted.
I just left. He was gracious. I’m unsure if it changes anything. But appreciative for the opportunity to bridge the divide with civil, meaningful, discussion. Link to entire meeting below. #NoRA https://t.co/tAAzPXt5hW
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 10, 2019
Milano was a little more positive about the meeting in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo. Check out that interview below:
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