Ted Cruz’s offer to pray enthusiastically for the victims of another horrific mass shooting in his state of Texas on Tuesday was not well received.
The Republican lawmaker, who is among the top recipients of campaign contributions from gun lobbyists, said Tuesday that he and his wife “raised with enthusiasm in prayer to the children and families in the horrific shooting in Uvalde” after at least 19 children and two adults Were” Robb was killed at Elementary School by a lone gunman.
No matter how many mass shootings have taken place in the country, Cruz has long resisted efforts to enforce gun control measures. Even after Tuesday’s massacre, he told reporters he did not think gun law reform was the solution and called it an attempt to “restrict the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.”
It’s the same playbook he uses after most mass shootings. Last year, after several people were killed in Boulder, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia, Cruz accused Democrats of “ridiculous theater” as he called for gun control measures like universal background checks as a response.
The House has passed legislation that would mandate universal background checks for gun purchases, a measure that showed the support of 90% of Americans in the poll. The bill has stalled due to Republican resistance in the Senate.
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Texas is one of the top three states in the country with the most mass shootings in the past 20 years.
Instead of tightening gun laws, the state has relaxed them in recent years. It has some of the loosest rules in the country.
Cruz is set to speak with Republican Governor Greg Abbott, former President Donald Trump and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) at a National Rifle Association convention in Houston on Friday.
According to Open Secrets, in the 2018 election cycle, Cruz received more than $300,000 from gun rights supporters, making him the top recipient in Congress over that period.
Her response on Tuesday was widely condemned, including by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.N.Y.), who noted her impending speech.
“You can do more than pray. Faith without work is dead,” she tweeted.
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