The sight of a 10-year-old Uvalde school shooting victim apparently wouldn’t change Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) stance on an assault weapons ban.
Kimberly Mata-Rubio, the mother of Alexandria Aniyah “Lexi” Rubio — who was among 19 students and two teachers killed in a shooting at Robb Elementary School in May — tweeted that she and her husband Felix had met Cruz Wednesday to discuss gun laws.
Mata-Rubio, whose daughter has been described as a “driven, athletic, smart and fun” fourth grader, wrote on Twitter that she shared Lexi’s last photo with Cruz. The photo showed her daughter, Lexi, in a child-sized coffin.
Mata-Rubio said she asked Cruz to “protect her constituents” by supporting a federal ban on assault weapons.
“He refused,” wrote Mata-Rubio. “Instead, he said he supported increasing law enforcement presence on school campuses.”
A spokesperson for Cruz told the Texas Tribune that “he saw firsthand the pain and grief caused by the unspeakable violence at Robb Elementary” when meeting with the family.
Mata-Rubio said she and her husband agreed to meet with Cruz because they wanted him to share his plan for safer schools with them, the Texas Tribune reported.
She said Cruz suggested more money for mental health workers as well as school resource officers, according to the newspaper, but she disagreed and said more law enforcement in schools does not mean that children will be “protected”.
“After meeting with them, Senator Cruz went to the Senate to defend his safe schools legislation,” the spokesperson said.
“Unfortunately, Senate Democrats blocked it without explaining why they don’t support doubling the number of police officers in schools, hiring 15,000 school mental health professionals, and increasing physical safety. children in schools.”
Twitter users noticed the Texas senator position while others called him heartless for the exchange.
Mata-Rubio delivered a “tears testimony” about her daughter before the House Oversight Committee in June and called for tougher gun control measures, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
Mata-Rubio said the couple also spoke with representatives of other GOP senators. She estimated that the couple’s meeting with Cruz would not have lasted more than five minutes.
“While they probably don’t support the bill, they just had more questions and were more sympathetic than our meeting with Ted Cruz,” she said. “It was really disheartening because he’s our representative.”
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