WP: Ted Cruz says democrats using Charleston as ‘excuse’ to take away gun rights

Katie Zezima for the Washington Post reports:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said Friday that Democrats are using the shooting deaths of nine people in a Charleston, S.C., African American church as an “excuse” to try to roll back gun rights.

“It’s sad to see the Democrats take a horrific crime and try to use it as an excuse not to go after people with serious mental illness or people who are repeat felons or criminals but rather try to use it as an excuse to take away the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens,” Cruz told reporters after a town hall event here.

“Those are altogether different issues and we need to focus on protecting our Bill of Rights and also on keeping everyone safe.”

Cruz said it is evocative of a line used by Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

“I’ll tell you it’s reminiscent of Rahm Emanuel who said you never let a good crisis go to waste,” Cruz said.

Read the full story at the Washington Post.