Liberal actress Alyssa Milano revealed during a conversation Tuesday with Sen. Ted Cruz that she has two guns in her home for self-defense.
As they agreed on Twitter last week, Milano and Cruz discussed gun control in Cruz’s Capitol Hill office. Milano, who was accompanied by the father of a teenage Parkland shooting victim, argued for universal background checks on guns and ammunition and restricting access to AR-15s.
“We all believe in the Second Amendment,” she said.
However, she then added: “We have to try everything, and figure out what works. Isn’t that worth it?”
Early in the exchange, Cruz, a Texas Republican, made the point that Milano’s proposed regulations would limit American’s right to self-defense.
The Parkland dad turned activist, Fred Guttenberg, angrily objected.
“That’s a load of BS,” he said. “Nobody’s trying to remove your right to self-defense.”
“By the way,” Milano interjected, “I have two guns in my household for self-defense, just so you know.”
Milano also revealed that she had woken up that morning and had a “panic attack” because the prospect of meeting Cruz triggered her fear of being shot.
Can’t go to school.
Can’t go to your place of worship.
Can’t go to a concert.
Can’t walk down the street.
Can’t go to a festival.
Can’t go shopping.
Guns are destroying America.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 1, 2019
For many conservatives, the threat of violent crime is a great argument for strong gun rights. But Milano apparently trusts the government to keep the bad guys unarmed while reducing everyone’s firepower.
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The unlikely discussion, which was billed as a debate and streamed on Facebook Live, came about as the result of a Twitter spat between Milano and Cruz.
Cruz on Sunday politely agreed to host Milano after she challenged him in a tweet saying, “We can live-stream the meeting so the American people can hear you bulls— 1st hand.”
I’d love to come in and meet with you on the gun issue and many other issues that include life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, @tedcruz and also, 1 Peter 4:8.
I’ll be in DC next week. We can live-stream the meeting so the American people can hear your bullshit 1st hand. https://t.co/S3ljfjjOtG
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 2, 2019
Best known for her roles in TV sitcoms like “Charmed,” Milano has under President Donald Trump become a prominent activist for abortion rights and liberal immigration laws. Her focus has lately turned to gun control because of a spate of headline-grabbing mass shootings last month.
Democrats, including 2020 presidential contenders, have also renewed their advocacy for background checks, “red flag” laws, gun buybacks and the like.
However, after the Aug. 31 shooting rampage in Odessa, Texas ― in which the shooter apparently dodged a court-ordered ban on him owning guns by buying an AR-15 on the black market ― President Donald Trump argued that background checks would not have prevented recent mass shootings.
“Over the last five, six, or seven years, no matter how strong you need the background checks, it wouldn’t have stopped any of it,” he told reporters.
Trump has another plan for dealing with mass murderers. According to an administration official, the president has the Justice Department drafting legislation to expedite for such people.