Sen. Ted Cruz’s offer on Tuesday to fervently pray for the victims of another horrific mass shooting in his state of Texas was not well received.
The Republican lawmaker, who is among the top recipients of campaign contributions from gun lobbyists, said on Tuesday that he and his wife were “raising earnestly in prayer the children and families of the horrific shooting in Uvalde” after at least 19 children and two adults. were killed by a sniper at Robb Elementary School.
No matter how many mass shootings plague the nation, Cruz has long opposed efforts to pass gun control measures. Even after Tuesday’s massacre, he told reporters he didn’t believe gun law reforms were the solution and called it an effort to “restrict the constitutional rights of respectful citizens.” laws”.
It’s the same manual 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” for calling for gun control measures. , such as universal background checks, as an answer.
The House passed legislation that would mandate universal background checks for gun purchases, a measure polls show 90% of Americans support. The bill stalled due to Republican resistance in the Senate.
Tuesday, prayers aside, Cruz propose adding more armed law enforcement officers to school campuses.
Texas is one of the top three states in the country with the most mass shootings over the past 20 years.
Instead of tightening gun laws, the state has loosened them in recent years. It has some of the most relaxed regulations in the country.
Cruz is scheduled to speak at a National Rifle Association conference in Houston on Friday, alongside Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, former President Donald Trump and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).
During the 2018 election cycle, Cruz received more than $300,000 from gun rights supporters, making him the first congressional recipient during that period, according to Open Secrets.
His reaction on Tuesday was widely condemned, including by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.), who noted his forthcoming speaking gig.
“You can do more than pray. Faith without works is dead,” she tweeted.
Other reactions have been compiled below.