Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tried (and failed) to counter the questions of a British journalist asking him about the latest U.S. mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, with talking points from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and quickly got more than he bargained for.
Cruz was attending a vigil for victims of the Robb Elementary School massacre when Mark Stone of Sky News began asking him questions, according to The Daily Mail:
British journalist Mark Stone cornered Cruz at the vigil and asked him whether it was time for gun reform laws in America. When asked why American exceptionalism is ‘so awful’, Cruz said: ‘You know, I’m sorry you think American exceptionalism is awful. You’ve got your political agenda. God love you.’
After repeatedly being told ‘You can’t answer that’ by Stone, Cruz turned and said: ‘Why is it that people come from all over the world to America? Because it’s the freest, most prosperous, safest country on Earth. Stop being a propagandist.’
‘You know, it’s easy to go to politics,’ Cruz told Sky News. ‘Inevitably, when some violent psychopath murders people, if you want to stop violent crime, the proposals the Democrats have — none of them would have stopped this.’
He added: ‘There are 19 sets of parents who are never going to get to kiss their child tonight.’
Rather than continue the interview and take more questions from Stone, Cruz huffily stormed away.
“Why only in America?”
US Senator Ted Cruz walks away from @Stone_SkyNews after being asked if “this is the moment to reform gun laws” https://t.co/d2oBaP4KvW#TedCruz #America #Texasshooting #gunlaws pic.twitter.com/gL4TYeg04t
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 26, 2022
Cruz has also said since the Uvalde shooting which left 19 children and 2 teachers dead that the United States needs more firearms in schools to protect students.
But based on that deeply flawed logic, we’d be handing out AR-15s to first graders and urging them to shoot anyone who looks suspicious.
Guns and a lack of control of guns is the problem. It’s too bad people like Ted Cruz can’t see that and worse still that people like him are still allowed to make our laws.
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