Ted Cruz Loses It When Reporter Asks Him About Gun Control

Ted Cruz stormed off from a reporter who asked him about gun control after the massacre that killed 21 people, including 19 young children, in Uvalde, Texas.

“Is this the moment to reform the gun laws,” Sky News’ Mark Stone asked the Texas Senator in Uvalde on Wednesday.

“You know, it’s easy going into politics,” an angry Cruz replied, adding that gun control is where “the media likes to go” after mass shootings.

“It’s not,” Stone said. “A lot of the people we spoke to here like to go here.”

Blaming someone who raises the gun control issue of making politics after a mass shooting has become an all-too-common resort among Republicans like Cruz, who have happily taken the big bucks from gun rights groups. Meanwhile, Cruz and others have spent the days since the gunshots on Democrats and the media. “The proposals from Democrats and the media?” Cruz continued Wednesday. “Inevitable when a violent psychopath is murdering people… if you want to stop violent crime, the Democrats’ proposals? None of them would have prevented that.”

Cruz didn’t mention that the 18-year-old gunman had legally purchased two assault rifles days earlier, which would have been banned under legislation introduced three years ago called the Age 21 Act.

Stone pressed further, asking, “Why only in America? Why is this American exceptionalism so terrible?”

“You know, I’m sorry you think America’s state of emergency is awful,” Cruz replied, seemingly not understanding the reporter’s implication that the US being an exception can actually be bad. “You have your political agenda. God loves you.”

Cruz then abruptly walked away. Stone and another reporter kept pressing him as to why mass shootings were more common in the United States than in other First World countries. “Stop being a propagandist,” Cruz snapped.

Cruz’s aversion to gun reform has led him to propose several absurd solutions to the mass shooting epidemic. He has joined many on the right urgent measures to “harden schools” by, among other things, having only “one door in and out of the school” guarded by “armed police officers”. He doesn’t seem to have considered that this would pose a fire hazard, that it would prevent people in schools from escaping if a shooter breaches the only entrance, or that it’s just downright impractical.

Cruz’s relationship with the gun lobby may have something to do with his squirming on gun control issues. He has received more money from gun groups than any other member of Congress. He is also scheduled to speak at the National Rifle Association’s annual conference on Friday, just a few hundred miles from Uvalde.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/ted-cruz-gun-control-uvalde-1358859/ Ted Cruz Loses It When Reporter Asks Him About Gun Control

Sarah Ridley

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