Dear Senator Cruz,

Congratulations on your election to the United States Senate from Texas. As you know sir, there is a lot of work to do, and you must get started.

I mean the proper and responsible control of firearms in this country.

Senator, I know you are have been endorsed by NRA. That is why you and your fellow Republicans are in the perfect position to hold up your hand and say STOP! to an organization that has held this country hostage for decades.

Senator, you are no NRA lackey. You are a Texan, sir. And as a Texan you know what is right. It is time to take a hard look at the NRA and its position on gun ownership and say, Enough. There have been too many gun deaths, too many massacres, too much bloodshed, to support the NRA. You are not beholden to NRA money or votes or their threats to withhold their support. You are a strong, proud Texan and you can fight the tyranny of special interests.

Senator Cruz, the NRA wants to own you. Secretly they are gloating over the politicians they have bought, and they talk about how they know you will bend to their will. But you have to stand firm. You have to be the Senator from Texas who shows the NRA what a Texan is — independent.

No one is asking you to stand up for the repeal of the Second Amendment of the Constitution. But you can introduce a bill with your name on it that will cut back on high-capacity magazines. The Cruz Responsible Gun Ownership Bill of 2013 can put teeth in laws preventing guns from falling into the wrong hands. Your bill can close the gun show loophole and make manufacturers and sellers responsible for the guns they make and sell. Just think — if a retailer knew that he was responsible for the guns he sold, he would make extremely sure that such a gun didn’t end up in the hands of a killer.

Your work in the halls of Congress can help prevent another massacre such as the Newtown tragedy, the Aurora tragedy, or the Columbine tragedy, or the Oregon tragedy, or the Virginia Tech Tragedy…Sadly, I could go on.

But just think — this could be your bill, Senator. You could do it. You, as a member of the NRA,  could bring sanity back to the organization. And your work in the Senate will be remembered forever. You could be the most influential member of Congress of the 21st century.

Please, Senator Cruz. Make this your legacy. Texans — and the United States — depend upon your leadership.


Patrice Sarath


Zaib Husain · January 2, 2013 at 11:20 am

Great letter, Patrice! Are you collecting signatures online?

Patrice Sarath · January 2, 2013 at 11:24 am

I should! But I haven’t even thought that far ahead. Hmmm. That should require a form to fill out.

But to begin with, people should write their own letters and send them to Cruz and others and just try to move the needle. We have to bring our representatives back to a moderate position or…or, I don’t know. But it won’t be good.

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