GOP Sen. Ted Cruz found himself in a heated debate on Wednesday with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough over whether or not owning an AR-15 is a right guaranteed by the Constitution.
The two duked it out over what constitutes an “assault-style” weapon and whether or not an AR-15 is any more dangerous than a deer rifle. An AR-15, Scarborough argued, is “lighter” and “designed to kill more efficiently.”
“If somebody takes a deer rifle into a high school in Parkland, that deer rifle is going to be as lethal as an AR-15?” he continued before getting into the District of Columbia v. Heller case.
This Supreme Court ruling decided that citizens do have the right to possess a firearm in their homes for self-defense purposes.
Cruz argued that under this ruling, the right to own an AR-15 is indeed protected due to the popularity of the gun.
“Senator, there are a lot of people, lawyers right now, who are rolling their eyes at what you’re saying.”
“Remember, my career was litigating before the Supreme Court,” Cruz quipped. “I recognize that’s not what you do.”
“I don’t need you to lecture me on what the Supreme Court does and what it doesn’t do,” Scarborough replied.
“There is not a constitutional right, and you know it, and you can talk down to me all you want to,” Scarborough continued. “Even a dumb country lawyer like me understands that an AR-15 today is not recognized as a constitutional right under the Second Amendment.”
Watch the full exchange below.