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Gun control debate lands in Ted Cruz office

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The lobby of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz's Dallas office filled with folks with a message for the freshman senator: support a universal background check for gun buyers.

Organizing for Action is the group that was Organizing for America as President Barack Obama ran for re-election.

Now, its focus, to help get the president's agenda approved delivering letters in support of universal background checks.

Beth Soltero was among the group. Her daughter, Wendy, a 1996 Hockaday graduate, was robbed and killed in 2000 when she went to pick up two friends from a California night club.

"Wendy, we had talked to her that night, she got up out of bed and went and picked them up and these people, they were just on a crime spree," said Soltero.

Arthur Cooper's son was shot and killed after a high school football game 15 years ago. He says his family runs a hunting preserve. The gun that killed his son was purchased through a third person from a Dallas pawn shop.

"But, Mr. Cruz and his fellow senators need to balance making guns safe versus selling more guns to the public," Cooper said.

This week, Cruz visited a gun manufacturer outside Austin. At that event, Cruz charged democrats with using the Newtown, Connecticut shooting as the opening to attack constitutional liberties.

Fox 4 called and sent emails to his Washington, D.C. senate office.

Cruz staff responded through email saying the senator opposed a universal registry.

This week, the freshman senator visited Larue Tactical in South Texas.

Cruz staff members sent a press release saying that the senator, " has lead the charge to ensure that Americans 2nd Amendment rights are not stifled by ongoing calls for increased gun control in the wake of the terrible shootings in Newtown. That tragedy was a shooting display of evil, but stricter gun control would not have prevented it, nor will keep it from happening again."

Today's group hope Cruz will carry their messages and their feelings back to the gun control debate in Washington.

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