The Brief: Top Texas News for Feb. 20, 2013

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An onslaught of media scrutiny doesn't appear to have slowed Ted Cruz, who returned to Texas on Tuesday.

Touring a gun manufacturer in Leander, Cruz again blasted the White House's push for stricter gun laws, calling Democrats' efforts "cynical" and saying Congress should instead focus on "deterring and punishing violent criminals."

"You leave law-abiding citizens and their families vulnerable to criminals when you strip their constitutional right to defend themselves," said Cruz, a staunch gun rights supporter who last month brought a pistol grip to a hearing on gun violence.

A flood of press rained ...

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