On Monday, interviewed by powerhouse evangelical leader James Dobson at the Winterset Stage in Winterset, Iowa,Ted Cruz offered a compelling reason why Hillary Clinton must be defeated in the 2016 election: she would appoint new Supreme Court justices who would eviscerate Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

Cruz, noting that the possibility exists that the next president will appoint as many as four justices to the Supreme Court, said bluntly, “If Hillary Clinton is elected president, the Supreme Court will rule that no individual American has any individual right to keep and bear arms whatsoever. And the government can make it a felony for you to own a firearm and protect your family … We are one justice away from a five-justice, ultra-left wing majority that will tear down our constitutional liberties fundamentally.”

Cruz widened the scope of the havoc wrought by a Hillary Clinton-appointed court far past the Second Amendment, adding, “If Hillary Clinton is elected president, we will see the Supreme Court ordering Ten Commandments monuments to be torn down on courthouses and public steps all across this country.”

When Cruz warned that the government might make gun ownership a felony, an audience member echoed the blunt response of Texas Governor Greg Abbott to Barack Obama’s intended attack on gun rights, calling out, ”Come and take it!” The crowd cheered, as Cruz smiled, “I think Iowa and Texas have some things in common.”

“If Hillary Clinton is elected president, the Supreme Court will rule that no individual American has any individual right to keep and bear arms whatsoever."

Ted Cruz

Cruz’s accusation that Clinton would appoint justices who would attack the Second Amendment is spot-on: in 2015 she told a supporter in Iowa that she would consider appointing the most ardent foe of the Second Amendment to the Supreme Court: Barack Obama.

In late September, an audio tape surfaced revealing Hillary Clinton telling an audience at a small private fundraiser in New York that the Supreme Court was “wrong on the second Amendment,” vis-à-vis an assault weapons ban, snapping, “We’ve got to go after this. And here again, the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment. And I am going to make that case every chance I get.”