A viral clip shows an activist rebuking Texas Sen. Ted Cruz over gun views in the wake of the Uvalde, Texas school massacre.
The confrontation, which was filmed on Friday, came hours after the conservative lawmaker gave a speech at a National Rifle Association convention in Houston.
“Why does this keep happening?” An angry man shouts at Cruise accusing him of “taking blood money” in a speech days after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that killed 19 children and two adults.
Activists, identified as Benjamin Hernandez with the liberal-leaning group Invisible Houston, scream as security pushes them out of the eatery.
“When 19 children died, it’s in your hands… Ted Cruz is in your hands,” he says.
Hernandez initially adequately approached the senator and requested a photo, which Cruz obliged, video show,
But after the flash, Hernandez confronts Cruz and asks the senator why he refuses to support further background checks for gun buyers.
“The background check would not have stopped the shooter,” Cruz replied. “You know what will happen? The bill I introduced-”
Hernandez quickly cuts off Cruz, who clearly becomes more agitated.
“We can make it harder for people in this country to get guns, sir,” Hernandez says. “You know that, but here you stand, you stand at the NRA convention, it’s tough when there are more guns to stop gun violence.”
“You don’t know what you’re talking about,” Cruz says, as the clip shows.
As the verbal confrontation escalates, Cruz’s security detail breaks up between the two and tells Hernandez to “back up” before being pushed out as things continue to escalate.
Hernandez later defended his actions on Twitter.
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“I wasn’t going to let that f—ker into the restaurant where I was having dinner and he didn’t hear me. They can do something, but they don’t want to. So let’s have them,” she wrote,
“Challenge them every time. Don’t stop until they do something,” he Told In a follow-up tweet.
During his remarks at an NRA convention, Cruz rebuked Democrats for pushing for stricter gun laws. Instead he proposed increased security in schools, suggested single-door entry to schools and armed guards to prevent school shootings.