“I am always grateful for the opportunity to engage in positive, civil discussion on the substantive issues of the day – especially with those with whom I disagree. Today’s meeting was productive and respectful, and I appreciate Alyssa and Fred’s willingness to come here with an open mind. I believe more conversations like this will go a long way in helping unite and heal our divided country.
“We all agree we have far too many of these mass shootings, and they need to stop. It is long past time for everyone to put away the partisan talking points so we can work together to solve this problem. We need to act.
“In Congress, we need to focus on what works. I have offered solutions, including Grassley-Cruz, which would keep guns out of the hands of felons and dangerous individuals and stop mass shootings. We could pass these reforms right now and make our country safer. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to do just that.”
In May, Sen. Cruz reintroduced with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) the Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that would, among other actions:
- Improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS);
- Require federal courts to submit relevant information to NICS;
- Increase the prosecution of gun violence;
- Criminalize straw purchasing of firearms and gun trafficking; and
- Require the DOJ to explain to Congress why it has or has not been prosecuting gun cases