Cruz: Government not prosecuting gun crimes

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says the federal government should put its efforts into prosecuting criminals who illegally buy guns and not into trying to pass new gun control laws.

Cruz told thousands of people at the National Rifle Association’s convention Friday afternoon that President Barack Obama’s administration has not done enough to prosecute felons and fugitives who illegally buy guns and has cut funding for such efforts.

Cruz also said the Obama administration had cut millions of dollars in funding for school safety.

The Republican Texas firebrand — who has become one of the top tea party voices in Washington since being elected last year — said the target of gun control legislation is not violent criminals but law-abiding citizens.

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