Cruz, who’s among the top recipients of campaign contributions from gun lobbyists, didn’t just like the query and urged the reporter was politicizing the tragedy.
“You understand, it’s simple to go to politics,” he stated, earlier than dismissing earlier ideas to curb gun violence.
“The proposals from Democrats and the media? Inevitably, when some violent psychopath murders individuals… if you wish to cease violent crime, the proposals the Democrats have? None of them would have stopped this,” Cruz claimed.
Stone adopted up by noting that America is “distinctive” in relation to mass shootings ― with 288 college shootings between 2009 and 2018 ― 280 greater than the following main nation, Mexico.
“Why solely in America? Why is that this American exceptionalism so terrible?” Stone requested.
Cruz bristled at Stone’s use of the favored Republican buzzword and used it to focus his reply on something however the query requested.
“You understand, I’m sorry you suppose American exceptionalism is terrible. You’ve obtained your political agenda. God love you…” Cruz stated.
The reporter was undaunted.
“Senator, I simply need to perceive why you don’t suppose that weapons are the issue. It’s simply an American drawback,” he requested.
When Cruz walked away, Stone requested once more, “You’ll be able to’t reply that, are you able to?”
Cruz then accused Stone of not appreciating the U.S.
“Why is it that individuals come from everywhere in the world to America? As a result of it’s the freest, most affluent, most secure nation on Earth. Cease being a propagandist.”
Whereas Cruz averted answering questions on America’s gun violence drawback, he tried to supply doable options. He urged a solution to school shootings is fewer doorways and more guns ― a suggestion that many discovered ludicrous.
On Thursday, Cruz confirmed that he’ll proceed to face agency together with his associates within the gun foyer and can speak at the National Rifle Association convention this coming weekend in Houston.
“I’m going to be there as a result of what Democrats and the press attempt to do within the wake of each mass taking pictures is that they attempt to demonize law-abiding gun homeowners, attempt to demonize the NRA,” he informed CBS Dallas-Fort Price.