WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- A mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killed 21 people, including 19 children.
- Amid persistent calls for stricter gun control, Sen. Ted Cruz argued that gun control is not the answer.
- Cruz accused lawmakers of politicizing the situation and suggested posting more armed officers at school instead.
Several lawmakers renewed the call for stricter gun control in the wake of the deadly shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. But Sen. Ted Cruz rejected these calls and instead suggested stationing more armed officers at schools.
During an interview with MSNBC, Cruz declared, “We know from past experience that the most effective tool for keeping kids safe is armed law enforcement on the campus.”
Cruz accused Democrats, politicians, and the media of politicizing “a murder of this kind” by trying to “restrict the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.” He argued that such a response “doesn’t work.”
Cruz has been vocal against gun control in the past and has fought against Democratic lawmakers regarding such legislation.
Following the King Soopers shooting in March 2021, Cruz claimed without evidence that gun control only makes crime rates “worse.”
The shooting at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday killed at least 21 people — including 19 children. It’s the deadliest elementary school shooting since December 2012, when 20 children and seven adults died at a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.
After Tuesday’s mass shooting, Cruz wrote on Twitter that he and his wife Heidi were “fervently lifting up in prayer the children and families in the horrific shooting in Uvalde.”
Several Democratic lawmakers slammed his comments and his stance against gun control.
Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego responded to Cruz’s suggestion of armed officers at school with some curse words.
Gallego tweeted, “F— you @tedcruz, you care about a fetus, but you will let our children get slaughtered. Just get your ass to Cancun. You are useless.” He later doubled down on his remarks and called Cruz a “baby killer.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chided Cruz that he can “do more than pray,” since he’s “slated to headline a speaking gig” at a National Rifle Association leadership conference in Houston this Friday.
The event, which incidentally bans guns due to Secret Service safety restrictions, will also feature former President Donald Trump and Texas Governor Greg Abbott as speakers.