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Ted Cruz calls Democrats' push for gun control 'offensive'

Following the Senate Democrats' 15-hour filibuster in demand of a vote on gun control legislation, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took to the floor Thursday to slam such moves as being a "sideshow."

"This is not a gun control issue," Cruz said. "This is a terrorism issue."

Cruz added that it was "offensive to see Democrat after Democrat prattling on about the NRA … And it is offensive to play political games with the Constitutional rights of American citizens instead of getting serious about keeping this country safe."

Cruz encouraged the Senate to take up the Expatriate Terrorist Act, which would revoke U.S. citizenship from anyone fighting for or supporting the Islamic State, as well as legislation that would prevent refugees from countries controlled by ISIS or al Qaeda from entering the United States.

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