A Sky Information reporter cornered Republican Senator Ted Cruz to ask him questions on gun reform legal guidelines after the mass college capturing in his state. It didn’t go nicely for the Republican/NRA speaking factors.
Watch as Senator Ted Cruz walks away from reporter after being requested if “that is the second to reform gun legal guidelines.” However first, the Texas Republican tries out his celebration’s particular curiosity donor’s favourite speaking factors about psychological sickness and the way this isn’t the time to debate “politics.”
Let’s dive into simply how rotten Cruz’s speaking factors are after the video:
“Why solely in America?”
US Senator Ted Cruz walks away from @Stone_SkyNews after being requested if “that is the second to reform gun legal guidelines” https://t.co/d2oBaP4KvW#TedCruz #America #Texasshooting #gunlaws pic.twitter.com/gL4TYeg04t
— Sky Information (@SkyNews) May 26, 2022
“Is that this the second to reform gun legal guidelines,” Senator Cruz is requested hours after 19 youngsters and two different folks have been slaughtered in a Texas elementary college by an 18 yr previous who had entry to 2 army fashion weapons.
Cruz dodges, “You realize it’s straightforward to go to politics.”
Reporter Mark Stone has to remind Cruz that this really issues: “It’s essential. It’s on the coronary heart of the difficulty.”
Cruz then takes a heat bathtub within the stale Republican refuge of Recreation the Ref/Blame the Media that works so nicely for them with our nationwide media: “I get that that’s the place the media likes to go. ”
Sky Information reporter reminds Cruz that he’s doing his job of asking the questions most individuals need answered (and, you already know, allegedly Ted Cruz works for these folks): “It’s not, it’s the place most of the folks we’ve talked to right here wish to go.”
So Cruz switches gears, pulling out extra moldy NRA laundry maybe not realizing that this, too, leads again to Republican coverage sabotage of Individuals’ security: “The proposals from Democrats and the media, inevitably, when some violent psychopath murders folks–”
Stone interrupts this fungus of a speaking level, however first, let’s remind everybody that if psychological well being have been the difficulty, not solely would different nations be struggling the identical destiny as this one, however it was Republican president Donald Trump who reversed an Obama-era regulation that made it more durable for folks with psychological diseases to purchase a gun. This rule would have utilized to folks receiving Social Safety for psychological well being points and folks deemed unfit to deal with their very own affairs.
Stone: “A violent psychopath who is ready to get a weapon so simply. An 18 year-old with two AR-15s,” Stone says with the sort of incredulity that reveals he isn’t from america and hasn’t but been indoctrinated to our “freedoms.”
Cruz, attempting to regain the footing of ethical superiority and smug elimination that often works for him: “If you wish to cease violent crime, the proposals the Democrats have, none of them would have stopped this.”
This, in fact, is a blatant lie wrapped up in a strawman. His premise is psychological sickness is the trigger and but, his celebration reversed a regulation from President Obama (which adopted the mass capturing at Sandy Hook Elementary College) that addressed this, and proper now, the Senate has not acted on for 2 years HR8, bipartisan gun management handed by the Home. They haven’t moved on it as a result of they knew it was doomed as a consequence of filibuster guidelines and two “Democrats” who refuse to do a lot to assist folks as a result of they’re defending their very own careers.
But additionally, Greg Abbott signed into regulation a bit of laws that bars native authorities from performing on federal laws proscribing weapons. It’s referred to as the Second Modification Sanctuary Act. Texas is kind of the gun sanctuary. Weapons are secure, youngsters should not.
So, Cruz is mainly saying nothing Democrats are providing would assist, he received’t provide something that will assist, and if he may it might be psychological well being however oops, Obama did that and Republicans reversed it, so anyway NEENER NEENER nothing can assist, Cruz and his fellow Republicans are impotent to assist, however please proceed to pay their wage and medical health insurance and advantages.
Banning assault weapons would have made “this”, aka, the slaughter of our youngsters whereas they’re in class and the race-related slaughter days in the past of harmless folks grocery procuring in Buffalo, much more tough – as is evidenced by statistics from each different nation.
Cruz’s feedback argue we must always proceed to DO NOTHING, besides extra weapons for the gun producer foyer to allow them to make more cash. (Republicans are already pushing for arming lecturers and extra armed officers in colleges, despite the fact that there have been armed officers at Robb Elementary and that didn’t work and our youngsters shouldn’t be going to highschool in a conflict zone.)
Again to our Sky Reporter who’s giving a grasp class in simply how insipid and well mannered to energy our personal media has change into: “However why does this solely occur in your nation? I actually assume that’s what many individuals all over the world simply… they can not fathom. Why solely in America? Why is that this American exceptionalism so terrible?”
Cruz, clinging to the purpose submit as he moved it, slyly means that Stone mainly hates America as an alternative of addressing the truth that your entire world can’t perceive why folks like him refuse to cease the slaughter of Individuals: “You realize, I’m sorry you assume American exceptionalism is terrible.”
Stone, undeterred from this low however frequent knee cap that often silences American media: “I believe this side of it.”
Cruz, like a caged animal who’s lastly discovered his exit and it’s marked ‘Since you don’t assume youngsters being slaughtered at college is phenomenal, you’ve a political agenda’: “You realize what? You’ve bought your political agenda–”
Stone: “No, it’s actually -”
Cruz, placing his hand on Stone’s shoulder as if he’s the pastor when he’s really justifying doing nothing within the face of unthinkable evil: “- and God love you.”
At this level, Cruz begins his flight.
Stone: “Senator, it’s not, I simply wish to perceive why you don’t assume that weapons are the issue.”
Second reporter provides; “Why is that this simply an American drawback?”
Stone: “It’s simply an American drawback, Sir.”
Second reporter: “Mr. Cruz, why is America the one that faces this sort of mass capturing?”
Cruz, mid-flight: “You realize what–”
Stone: “You possibly can’t reply that. ”
Cruz is baited. He turns round to reply, having lastly referred to as up a speaking level that can play nicely on Proper wing media as a result of it doesn’t reply the query and it tells them they’re distinctive, particular snowflakes.
Giving his greatest Clint Eastwood (pre-empty chair days) gritted enamel, intimidation stare down, Cruz: “Why is it that folks come from everywhere in the world to America? As a result of it’s the freest, most affluent, most secure nation on Earth. And cease being a propagandist.”
Who’s the propagandist right here? Solely a Republican may recommend that is the freest, most affluent, most secure nation on Earth hours after one more mass capturing and within the midst of taking half the inhabitants’s freedom from them, as they complain every day that America is definitely horrible and never affluent as a result of a Democrat is in workplace.
With this, Cruz resumed his flight, displaying his again to the reporters who dared to confront him with the questions a majority of this nation are determined to have answered.
Stone: “It could be the freest-” (I urge to vary)
Second reporter: “Why are children dying in colleges?”
And Ted Cruz is gone. Gone is his center title. It’s what he does in crises.
America Leads The Western World In Gun-Associated Homicides
A fast recap: “The US ratio of 120.5 firearms per 100 residents, up from 88 per 100 in 2011, far surpasses that of different nations all over the world,” the BBC studies.
Talking of psychological well being, weapons aren’t serving to there: “A 2016 research printed within the American Journal of Public Well being discovered there was a powerful relationship between increased ranges of gun possession in a state and better firearm suicide charges for each women and men.”
Up to now this yr, we’ve got had over 200 mass shootings and 27 college shootings.
Moreover, the BBC addresses the statistics of America versus different nations. This picture speaks volumes:
Weapons are actually the primary killer of youngsters on this nation, surpassing car accidents.
Texas Republican Governor Gregg Abbott signed 22 items of laws making getting and carrying a gun simpler within the final yr, together with unlicensed carry, decrease minimal age, no federal limits. Positive, we are able to’t show that lessening these particular legal guidelines would have modified this particular final result. However that doesn’t change the truth that making weapons simpler to get than Sudafed is a lethal and provably failed platform, and it doesn’t match with the picture Republicans attempt to promote of being “household values.”
Gun legal guidelines do work, as an entire. The proof is there, Republicans know this. They’re solely pretending to not perceive as a result of they’re afraid of the NRA. It took a Sky Information reporter to push a Republican Senator on this and refuse to again down.
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