Sen. Ted Cruz would debate the devil if the opportunity arose, but until that pay-per-view event arrives, he’s brushing up on his skills with an opponent of far less cleverness: Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano. After the two got into a minor tiff on Twitter about the Bible’s stance on personal self-defense, Cruz invited Milano to participate in a “civil” live debate on gun control. It was there that it became quickly apparent that Cruz knows what he’s talking about and Milano, the former star of “Who’s the Boss” and “Charmed,” well…doesn’t.
Milano began the debate, saying she was “terrified” after a spate of high-profile mass shootings and claiming that she has no idea how to keep her family safe from gun violence. Cruz did her the favor of not reminding her that the only homicidal violence visited on her family so far had come from Milano herself, who recently admitted to having two abortions in the early 1990s. The actress then said that she could work with Cruz with “mutual respect and humility” to effect positive change on our gun laws.
Look, we’ll give Milano credit for at least showing up and having the debate. That’s going a lot further than most of her Hollywood pals would. Hell, some of them would be just as happy to blacklist anyone who had the temerity to speak to Ted Cruz, much less engage him in a discussion.
But as far as knowing what she’s talking about, Milano is every bit as clueless as the average left-wing gun grabber, and her ignorance was on full display.
At one point, she quoted former President Ronald Reagan in an attempt to suggest that Republicans have gone off the path in regards to gun control: “I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen to own guns for sporting, for hunting, and so forth, or for home defense. But I do believe that an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon or needed for the defense of the home.”
Which gave Cruz an opportunity to remind Milano (and the rest of the gun control nutters out there) of a simple fact: “Machine guns are functionally illegal right now. The machine gun has been functionally illegal for 80 years. You and I can’t purchase a machine gun.”
Oh by the way, what’s another generic term for a “machine gun”? Oh, right, the selective-fire assault rifle. That, too, is functionally illegal in the United States as it pertains to civilian use. So you want a ban on assault rifles? Consider it done. Like…already done.
“I just left. He was gracious. I’m unsure if it changes anything. But appreciative for the opportunity to bridge the divide with civil, meaningful, discussion,” Milano said after the meeting.
Well, Cruz tried to bridge the divide through the best possible building materials: Education. Maybe some of it got through.
We’re not overly hopeful, though.