Allred, a former NFL player who is currently serving his third term in Congress as a representative for Dallas, announced his bid earlier this month, saying he’s running for the U.S. Senate because “Texans deserve a senator whose team is Texas.”
However, previous reporting by Texas Scorecard shows Allred has sided with the far left on a number of issues. In his time in the House, he has voted against protecting women’s sports and co-sponsored a bill that would prohibit anyone acting under state law from interfering with a woman trying to obtain an out-of-state abortion.
Allred has also been a staunch supporter of banning “assault” weapons, with a video taken in 2018 showing him suggesting America would be better off if the Second Amendment had never been written.
“Would it be better had it not been written? Of course. But there’s no chance that we’re going to repeal any of the Bill of Rights amendments. … It wouldn’t happen; it’s not within the bounds of reality in this country,” said Allred.
In addition to his belief that the Second Amendment shouldn’t have been written, he has voted for the “Protect Our Kids Act,” which raises the age to buy a semi-automatic centerfire rifle and shotgun from 18 to 21 and bans large-capacity magazines.
Allred has also stated that he supports red-flag laws, which allow a state court to issue an order to confiscate guns from anyone they see as a danger to others and themselves without due process.
In the video, Allred can also be heard saying that “within the confines of the accurately applied Second Amendment, we can do everything we want to do as far as regulating weapons and all that. But what we could do, I think, is there’s plenty of room within there to not allow people to have ‘weapons of war.’”
Allred’s campaign manager, Paige Hutchison, told Fox News that he is for common-sense gun reforms and respects law-abiding gun owners, adding that the clip was highly edited and is not an accurate reflection of his position on the matter.
Cruz, who has been an avid supporter of the Second Amendment and has rejected bills promoting red-flag laws, responded on Twitter, saying, “Wow. This guy wants to represent Texas??”
👀 Wow. This guy wants to represent Texas??
Allred: "Would it be better if [the Second Amendment] had not been written? Of course. But there’s no chance that we’re going to repeal any of the Bill of Rights amendments.” https://t.co/dzF5YRMkrP
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 6, 2023