Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) abruptly dropped a British journalist’s question about gun violence in the US two days after an elementary school massacre in his state left 19 children and two people large killed.
Cruz, who will appear at a National Rifle Association conference this weekend, has become enraged under pressure over gun laws and why mass shootings “only happen in the United States.” America”.
Cruz was attending a vigil for the victims of the Robb Elementary School shooting when he was barbecued by Sky News reporter Mark Stone about amending gun laws in the US. He added: “What proposals do the Democrats have? None of them can stop this.” (Cruz was earlier called to “hard school” by installing new bulletproof glass and having only “one door to the school” in a Fox News interview.)
But when Stone asked why there was “American exceptionalism” when it came to mass shootings, Cruz decided to wrap things up in a hurry. “I’m sorry you think American exceptionalism is terrible,” he said, patting the reporter’s chest, adding: “You know what? You’ve got your political agenda, God loves you,” before leaving the television crew.
Stone went after Cruz, saying he was “unable to answer” why mass shootings were an exclusively American problem. Clearly angry, Cruz replied: “Why do people from all over the world come to America? Because it is the freest, most prosperous, safest country on earth. Stop being a propagandist,” before heading to the exit again.
Cruz was at the ceremony alongside Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who will also appear at the NRA’s annual meeting in Houston this week. The pair have faced calls to withdraw from the event – which will also host former President Donald Trump – including from Abbott’s authoritative Democratic electoral rival, Beto O’Rourke. O’Rourke was kicked out of a press conference Wednesday after he praised Abbott and Cruz for “doing nothing” to prevent school shootings. “Someone needs to stand up for the kids of this state, or they will continue to be killed like they were killed in Uvalde yesterday,” O’Rourke said before being disqualified. Daniel Defensemanufacturer of one of the weapons used in the Texas mass killings, has withdrawn from the NRA convention.
The massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday was the worst school shooting in the US since the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut in 2012. Just days after his 18th birthday, the gunman Uvalde died. legally bought two AR-15-style rifles and hundreds of rounds a week before the carnage.