The Revolution of 1688 in England resulted in the result that no kingship or government could be unconditional. John Locke’s contention that government was in the nature of a social contract between the king and his people represented in parliament was supported. Colonists viewed Parliament’s rule over the colonies as violating this social contract and colonist English Citizen Rights.
The 2nd Amendment came out of the Bill of Rights of 1689 in England following the Glorious Revolution. One of these rights was to bear arms for defense against the state. The English Bill of Rights accused King James II of disarming Protestants in England. That Bill of Rights included the language “That the Subjects which are Protestants may have Arms for their Defense suitable to their Conditions and as allowed by Law.“
It is rare for a presidential candidate to support the right of the people to revolt against the government, a position taken by the Founding Father's and the First Congress.
Second Amendment Positions
- Played a crucial role in preventing federal legislation to restrict the Second Amendment rights of Americans.
- Authored legislation to strengthen the Second Amendment rights of Americans byallowing interstate firearms sales.
- Led 31 states in District of Columbia v. Heller where the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a ban on firearms in a 5-4 landmark decision.
- Honored by the National Rifle Association with a 2008 resolution for his leadership in the Heller case, which noted that his “efforts made this victory for the American people possible.”
- Awarded the NRA’s 2010 Carter-Knight Freedom Fund, which “rewards exemplary activities in the support and protection of the right to Keep and Bear Arms” for his work in the Heller and McDonald cases.
- Argued against unreasonable and burdensome gun restrictions before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
- Recognized by NRA executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre who observed, “Ted Cruz is one of our nation’s leading defenders of the Second Amendment. For over a decade, Ted has fought tirelessly to defend our constitutional right to keep and bear arms, and his leadership was absolutely critical to our major victories before the U.S. Supreme Court.”
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