Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz made an appearance at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin today, where his big speech went sideways after the Republican lawmaker and staunch Trump loyalist unveiled is apparent plan to bring an end to the epidemic of rampant, deadly school shootings that’s raging across the US. But it seemed Ted didn’t really know his audience as well as he should have, as the congressman was met with a round of boos and heckling from the crowd after he suggested that the cure-all to the neverending massacre of American children was putting more police officers inside school buildings.
Cruz’s speech at the event was chock full of contentious topics that included the notion of gun control, and the out-of-control school shootings in the nation.
“Whenever you have a mass murder… you have Democrats in Washington, the step they immediately go to is we need to take away firearms from law-abiding citizens,” the TX GOP senator said, prompting a round of sparse applause from the audience. “OK, you can clap for that except for the minor problem that it doesn’t work. If the objective is to stop these crimes, gun control is singularly ineffective.”
Cruz went on to argue that gun control measures only serve to punish “law-abiding citizens” instead of actual criminals. Already, his crowd was seeming to disagree with him on some of his points.
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“If you want to stop crime,” Ted said, “you target the bad guys. You target the criminals, the felons, the fugitives. You prosecute them, you put them in jail, you get them off the streets, and you also enhance security at vulnerable targets.”
This is far from the first time that Ted Cruz has made similarly tone-deaf arguments on the topic of school shootings and gun control, recently defending the National Rifle Association, which he said: “stands up for the rights of every American.”
Axios recently reported that Cruz came in as the TX candidate with the most donations from gun rights groups, out of all the other lawmakers in the state.
“Two weeks ago, I stood on the Senate floor and tried to pass legislation I’ve introduced that would double the number of police officers in school,” Cruz went on to say in his speech, and that’s when the boos kicked in, as he went on to add, “If we want to keep our kids safe, and I desperately want to keep our kids safe, the most effective step we can do is to have police officers there to protect them who can intercept a mass murderer before he gets into the school and stop them.”
.@tedcruz says one of the most effective ways to prevent mass shootings is to “enhance security at vulnerable targets” and add more police in schools.
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) September 24, 2022
The audience became more and more irate with the controversial lawmaker and began to shout specifically about the Uvalde school shooting — where 21 innocent human beings were slaughtered, despite the fact that a total of 376 law enforcement officers responded to the scene. The gunman remained at large for over an hour. An interim report after the fact found that officers who responded to the Uvalde shooting “failed to prioritize saving the lives of innocent victims over their own safety.”
Cruz attempted to blame the Uvalde shooter’s success on the unlocked school door that allowed him to breach the building, but his audience was having no part of his excuses.
“Look, if you have a solution to stop the deranged evil murderers, I’d love to hear it. My solution is to throw them in jail,” Cruz shot back at the crowd, appearing to grow irritated. “Stop them before they commit these crimes. There are some we won’t know about beforehand, and the single best step to stop them is to have armed officers on campus that can stop them before they kill our kids.”
“But look, instead you guys can instead sing kumbaya with them and hope they’ll just stop, but what you’re proposing doesn’t work,” the senator spit as someone from the crowd shouted, “Eighteen-year-old boys don’t need an AR-15,” prompting a round of enthusiastic applause.
Frankly, I have nothing to add to that.
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