"In fact, in my view, as a result of their onslaught on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, I think there's going to be a very significant consequence in 2014," Cruz added. "I think as a result of this fight that President Obama is picking, I think the stage is set for Republicans to take control of the United States Senate because of this fight right now, because of coming after the right to keep and bear arms of peaceful law-abiding Americans. I think a number of red state Democrats who are up for reelection in 2014 are going to lose their seats and I think they should."
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidMcConnell tees up spending bill as shutdown looms Senate Dems hold out on spending deal, risking shutdown Reid: Trump 'not as bad as I thought he would be' MORE (D-Nev.) plans to bring a gun-control proposal to the Senate floor on Thursday. Cruz and a number of other Republican senators have threatened to block Reid's move with a filibuster. That threat has been met with criticism by both Democrats and some Republicans. The Wall Street Journal's editorial page on Wednesday criticized Cruz and the other roughly dozen Republicans for the threat. Cruz brushed off that criticism.
"I think the criticism has been silly," Cruz said before adding that "the Republicans who are saying that they are happy to vote to shutoff debate and move to the bill, they don't even know what the bill contains.
"The bill that these Republicans are going on television saying 'we've got to move to and vote on,' they still don't know the details because the Democrats haven't released the details of the bill that they're moving to proceed to."