In line with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the answer to high school shootings is fewer doorways and more guns.
After 19 children and two teachers were killed at a Texas elementary school Tuesday by a person armed with an assault rifle, the state’s senator suggested that schools can be safer if there was only a method in or out.
“Considered one of the things that everybody agreed is don’t have all of those unlocked back doors. Have one door into and out of the college and have … armed cops at that door,” he told Fox News Wednesday.
Armed cops were on the door quite quickly, because of several 911 calls. Those officers shot on the gunman and still didn’t prevent the deaths of those 21 victims.
“If that had happened,” Cruz said, “if those federal grants had gone to this school, when that psychopath arrived, the armed cops could have taken him out. And we’d have 19 children and two teachers still alive.”
He accused Democrats calling for gun reform of “empty political posturing” after a tragedy after which immediately complained that Democrats blocked laws he introduced nearly a decade ago that might spend $300 million on federal grants to “harden schools to make them safer” with upgrades like bulletproof doors, bulletproof glass and armed cops.
Cruz: Have one door… and have that one door, armed cops at that door. If that had happened.. when that psychopath had arrived, the armed cops could’ve taken him out… pic.twitter.com/YnOCDs9GAZ
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 25, 2022
The U.S. has significantly more mass shootings than every other developed country, among the loosest controls over who should purchase guns and what type of firearms are allowed.
Elected Republicans have repeatedly called for heightened security and mental health resources to guard children from shooting massacres, although the data has shown repeatedly that the U.S. is an outlier on guns, not mental health or school security.
House Democrats and a few Republicans have passed two bills that might tighten gun sales regulations by expanding background checks ― measures that consistently attract support from a majority of Americans in polls. However the laws has stalled as a consequence of resistance from Senate Republicans, a lot of whom receive enormous campaign support from gun lobbyists.
Cruz, for instance, has received nearly $750,000 during his time in office, in response to campaign finance tracker Open Secrets.
His proposal to in the reduction of on doors as an alternative of guns met immediate backlash online. See the response below.
“I is not going to rest until every last school on this country is designed and operated just like the SHU at a maximum security prison!” https://t.co/WsQXPpCCqz
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 25, 2022
The mass murderer in Buffalo literally killed an armed police officer within the food market, but Ted Cruz and Republicans are still sticking to the illogical fantasy that we want more guns to resolve the issue of gun violence. https://t.co/OEM1b3Ud6j
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 25, 2022
NEW: Ted Cruz, speaking on the Uvalde shooting, talks about “what we want to do to harden schools, including not having unlocked back doors, including not having unlocked doors to classrooms.”
Yup, the problem here is doors. Not guns. Doors.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) May 25, 2022
That is Kirkwood High School where I graduated. It’s a campus with some 12+ buildings on 3 streets. So, @tedcruz tell me about how they need to lock all doors but one and put armed cops on it.
Performative jackassery to divert us again. It’s the guns you idiot. pic.twitter.com/GPffNQkBYr
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) May 26, 2022
Hey @tedcruz you complete pile of shit, how about a giant fucking moat around the college? How about shrinking the college down so it matches in a protected? How about putting it on the moon? https://t.co/ta43zeUWhU
— Tim Heidecker (@timheidecker) May 25, 2022