- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 12, 2019

Actress and liberal activist Alyssa Milano said she’s “cautiously optimistic” about the future of gun reform after she met with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in Washington this week.

Ms. Milano told CNN’s Chris Cuomo Tuesday night that she was appreciative for the meeting and the chance to speak face to face with someone she would consider a political foe.

“I felt like this meeting was important, obviously, to reach across the aisle, to have a civil discussion on this matter, to look at him in the eye and say, ‘You’re on the wrong side of this,’” she said.

Ms. Milano said that while Mr. Cruz didn’t make any promises on stricter gun control measures like universal background checks, he did agree that gun violence is a “serious problem,” and that’s good enough for her right now.

“I think he gets it,” she said. “Now, to understand it and then to have the courage and the fortitude to do something about it are two very, very different things. So I’m cautiously optimistic that he knows the issue and hopeful, I guess, that he’s willing to do something about it.”



Mr. Cruz had agreed to meet with Ms. Milano at his Capitol Hill office after they shared words about the Second Amendment on Twitter last week and Ms. Milano said she wanted to hear the senator’s “bulls—t” in person. Mr. Cruz said at the time that he was looking forward to the meeting as long as the two could remain civil.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the 2018 Parkland, Florida, shooting, and gun control activist Ben Jackson joined the hourlong conversation that was livestreamed on Facebook.

During the discussion, Ms. Milano revealed that she owns two guns at home for self-defense and that her goal isn’t to strip law-abiding people of their rights.

“We don’t want to take all guns from all people, we want to take certain guns away from certain people,” she said.

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