Though Republicans criticize Democrats for politicizing tragedies like the Parkland, Florida shooting, they’ve wasted little time making their political views on the matter known. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) recently appeared on Fox and Friends to talk about the recent shooting…and give a tour de force in dizzying logic on the topic of gun control.
“I mean, there are murderers. Evil is sadly always present and we need to do what we can to act to prevent it.”
He went on to talk about his own experience with the Sutherland Springs shooting, where Devin Kelley killed 26 and injured 20 others. Cruz claims that one of the mothers had told him that gun control wasn’t the answer, as their guns were in their cars, and had they had them, Kelley never would’ve killed anyone.
But Kelley certainly could’ve killed someone before being stopped by another gun. And is that someone an acceptable price to pay for gun rights?
Furthermore, in the mind of Cruz, a legislator, “doing what we can to act to prevent it” does not include passing laws concerning the issue. He added that the shooting that took place in Parkland “could’ve happened anywhere.” That’s correct. But Cruz seems to think of that as a placater instead of as a call to action.
Lastly, he blames the Obama administration for the Sutherland Springs shootings.
“With Sutherland Springs, had the Obama administration simply followed federal law and enforced the law – existing gun laws made it illegal for the Sutherland Springs shooter to buy a gun – but the Obama administration failed to report his criminal conviction, so he wasn’t in the background check system.”
Even Fox and Friends host couldn’t let a statement that dishonest go, quickly saying, “Right, that was a military thing,” before moving on to the show’s next segment. Kilmeade was referencing the fact that the Air Force failed to report Kelley’s criminal conviction to the FBI, and the shooting prompted the Air Force to conduct a review.
It seems difficult to understand Cruz’s insistence, as a lawmaker, that laws are not an effective way to solve societal problems. However, the fact that, according to MarketWatch, he was the top congressional recipient of money from pro-gun lobbying groups, makes it a lot clearer.
This isn’t the first time Sen. Cruz blamed a shooting on President Obama, either. In fact, it happened two years ago. Watch this video for more information:
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