Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) abruptly walked away from a British journalist’s questions about gun violence in America, two days after a massacre at an elementary school in his state killed 19 children and two adults.
Cruz, who is scheduled to appear at a National Rifle Association convention this weekend, was outraged when he pushed for gun laws and why mass shootings “only happen in America.”
Cruz was attending a vigil for victims of the Robb Elementary School shooting as he was grilled by Sky News reporter Mark Stone over the US gun law overhaul. He added: “The Democrats’ proposals? None of them would have stopped it.” (Cruz had previously called for “hardening schools” in an interview with Fox News by putting in new bulletproof glass and having only “one door in and out of the school.”)
But when Stone asked why there was an “American state of emergency” when it came to mass shootings, Cruz decided to wrap things up quickly. “I’m sorry you hate American exceptionalism,” he said, patting the reporter on the chest and adding, “You know what? You have your political agenda, God loves you,” before walking away from the TV crew.
Stone went after Cruz and said he “couldn’t answer” why mass shootings were a uniquely American problem. Clearly annoyed, Cruz replied: “Why do people come to America from all over the world? Because it is the freest, wealthiest and safest country on earth. Stop being a propagandist” before heading back to the exit.
Cruz was at the vigil alongside Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who is also scheduled to appear at the NRA’s annual meeting in Houston this week. The couple have been urged to back out of the event, which will also be attended by former President Donald Trump, including Abbott’s Democratic election rival Beto O’Rourke. O’Rourke was kicked out of a news conference on Wednesday after berating Abbott and Cruz for “doing nothing” to prevent school shootings. “Someone has to stand up for the children of this state or they will continue to be killed like they were killed yesterday in Uvalde,” O’Rourke was heard saying before his sacking. Daniel Defense, the manufacturer of one of the weapons used in the Texas mass murder, has withdrawn from the NRA convention.
The massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday is the worst school shooting in the United States since the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut in 2012. Just days after his 18th birthday, the Uvalde gunman legally had two rifles in the AR-15 -Bought style and hundreds of rounds of ammo a week before slaughtering.
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