During the interview with British Sky News reporter Mark Stone, Cruz, who was seen hugging and dating with those who were on the vigil were asked if it was time to reform gun laws. Cruz responded by saying, “You know it’s easy to go to politics”.
“But it’s important, it’s in the heart of in issueStone replied according to the video. of interview viewed more than 1 million times as of Thursday morning.
From there, the two had a tense back- and further on gun reform laws.
“I understand that it is here media loves to walk,” Cruz said.
The Sky News reporter responded that this was not the case, stating that many of in people he said with on vigil also It was gun control on their minds.
Democrat proposals and media inevitable when some violent psychopath kills people …” Cruz said before being cut. off by stone. The journalist stated that the alleged shooter was a “violent psychopath”. who can get a weapon so easily – 18-year-old with two AR-15s.
The senator ignored him and continued: “If you want Stop Violence Crime Democrats Proposals – No of they would have stopped it.”
Then Stone asked: “Why is this only happening in your country? …. Why only in America? Why is this American exceptionalism so terrible?”
That’s when Cruz fired back: “You know I’m sorry you think American exceptionalism is terrible. You have a political agenda. God loves you.”
When he tried walk away, Stone said he just wanted “to understand why you don’t think the weapon is problem”.
“It just American problem”, – said journalist Cruz.
In the end of exchange, Cruz again ignored the reporter’s question and blamed Stone of push propaganda before you leave.
“Why is that people come from everyone over in world in America? Because it is the freest, most prosperous, safest country on Earth,” the senator said. “Stop being a propagandist.”
Cruise’s spokesman Steve Guest told The Washington Post that Stone’s line of interrogation around mass shootings in The US was wrong. The guest pointed to research from the Center for Crime Prevention, a non-profit firearms organization founded by former Trump-nominated John R. Lott, Jr., who argues that “the US is doing well below in world average in terms of number of weight public executions.”
“Contrary to the reporter’s assertion that the alleged mass shootings are an exclusively American problem, the data shows it’s not accurate,” Guest said. “Besides not being true doing it false the argument is really useless.”
representative with Sky News did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
The heated exchange took place shortly before Cruz is scheduled to speak at the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association. over Memorial Day weekend in Houston, a few hundred miles from Uvalde. event the biggest gun-lobby collecting it year and comes after cancellation because of coronavirus pandemic. So be it also feature speeches group including Abbott and former President Donald Trump.
Gun rights groups provided Cruz or PAC campaigns more over $442,000 in his career, the most of any MP between 1989 and 2020, according to 2021 FEC data cited by OpenSecrets. Cruz and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) – two of top three deputies who received financial contributions from gunhuman rights activists, according to Axios.
Cruz has faced criticism from Democrats and liberals in recent days after he tweeted his thoughts and prayers to the victims, saying that he and his wife Heidi are “hotly raising up in prayer children and families in terrible shooting in Uvalde. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) asked why Cruz still had to speak at the NRA convention, while Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) tweeted a four-letter swear word to Senator- Republican.
On Wednesday, Cruz was among the Republicans at Abbott’s. news conference in Uvalde when Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke interrupted the governor to tell him he was “doing nothing” to stop next mass shooting. cruz, who stood behind Abbott told O’Rourke to “sit down like a Democrat was seen off out of auditorium.
Beto O’Rourke confronts Abbott in Uvalde: “You don’t do anything”
“It on you. Until you decide to do something, it will continue,” O’Rourke told Abbott. who mostly avoided eye contact with The Democrat never answered. “Somebody’s got to get up up for in children of this condition, otherwise they will continue to be killed.”
Cruz also got attention of one of his favorite sparring partners, night host Jimmy Kimmel. On ABC, Kimmel made an emotional appeal to Cruz and the Republicans. pass laws that could help prevent future mass shootings. While billing data checks like HR 8 passed in The House of Representatives, Senate Democrats and pundits are pessimistic that a deal can be made pass it’s in the law.
HR 8 gun The background check bill probably won’t pass even after Uvalde
“I don’t believe Ted Cruz doesn’t give a damn about children. I don’t. I refuse to believe that it doesn’t concern him. He father. I bet he went to bed with a sick stomach last night. It’s easy call someone monster. But he doesn’t monster – he is a human. And some people may be not like hear me say it, but it true”Kimmel said. “So here’s what I would like like tell Ted Cruz, the man, and Governor Abbott, and the rest of them: made a mistake. The fact is not just ok, you have to admit made a mistake When your mistake is killing in children in your condition.”
He added”Required big man to do something like that. It takes a brave man to do something like that. And do I think these men brave people? No, I do not know. I don’t. But man, I’d love it if they surprised me.”
But on Fox News Cruz criticized Democrats for what he called “political posturing.” like O’Rourke after attack in Uvalde. He told host Jesse Watters that he wanted the schools install bulletproof doors and bulletproof glass for help prevent shooting.
“Have one door to and out of school is that one door, armed cops at that door,” Cruz said. “If this happened, if these federal grants went to this school, when this psychopath arrived, armed cops could have taken him away. out and we will have 19 children and two teachers are still alive.”