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Sen. Ted Cruz Talks Guns

Calling President Obama's recent gun control initiatives "cynical" and "wrong," U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said on Tuesday that lawmakers "should focus our efforts on deterring and punishing violent criminals."

LEANDER -- Calling President Obama's recent gun control initiatives "cynical" and "wrong," U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said on Tuesday that lawmakers "should focus our efforts on deterring and punishing violent criminals."

Citing his work as an attorney, and speaking in front of more than 100 employees at LaRue Tactical, a weapons and accessories manufacturer that makes a variety of semi-automatic rifles, Cruz said that "strict punishments" are "where are energy needs to be focused."

"You leave law-abiding citizens and their families vulnerable to criminals when you strip their constitutional right to defend themselves," he added.

Cruz also said that bipartisan compromise might come in a policy requiring states to turn over mental health records to strengthen background checks. 

"There are 18 states across the country that have submitted fewer than 100 mental health records to the national background check," he said. "We ought to make that system work."

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