Ted Cruz Blasts Gregg Popovich Over Second Amendment Remarks
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed leftist San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich this week after Popovich claimed that the Second Amendment was a “myth.”

Popovich made the remarks in response to legislative proposals from Cruz to harden schools by providing more armed security.

“They’re going to cloak all this stuff [in] the myth of the Second Amendment, the freedom,” Popovich said. “You know, it’s just a myth. It’s a joke. It’s just a game they play. I mean, that’s freedom.”

Cruz responded to the remarks during an episode of his podcast “Verdict” with co-host Ben Ferguson, saying, “We’ve seen for a long time that there are a lot of institutions in sports that don’t really like their fans very much.”

“You see this at the NBA, you see at the NFL, these incredibly rich athletes who hypocritically disdain their fans and customers, and who lecture them almost inevitably from a point of ignorance,” Cruz said, later adding: “For some reason, the protection that is suitable to ultra-wealthy, Left-Wing athletes is not suitable for our children. They deserve less protection.”

Cruz defended the Second Amendment while advocating for school safety during an impassioned speech on the Senate floor at the end of last month amid calls from Democrats to pass gun control in the wake of the recent tragedy in Nashville.

Cruz made the remarks defending the Second Amendment as he reintroduced two pieces of legislation — the Securing Our Schools Act and the Protect Our Children’s Schools Act — to improve school security and increase access to student mental health treatment.


Protecting children in schools has been one of Cruz’s top priorities while in the U.S. Senate as evidenced by other pieces of legislation he has put forth to address the issue, including the Safe Kids, Safe Schools, Safe Communities Act of 2022 and the Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act.

Related: Cruz Champions School Safety In Impassioned Speech While Democrats Push For Gun Control

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