Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) doesn’t believe the gun control legislation laid out by congressional Democrats would’ve prevented any of the recent mass shootings.
In the aftermath of multiple mass shootings that rocked the nation, Democrats have placed pressure on President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to vote on House-passed gun legislation, including expanding gun background checks.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) spoke with the president on Sunday, where they declared in a statement afterward, “… any proposal he endorses that does not include the House-passed universal background checks legislation will not get the job done,” as IJR reported.
While McConnell has indicated he will not bring gun legislation up for a vote unless he knows Trump will sign it, the president is “working to find a bipartisan legislative solution on appropriate responses to the issue of mass gun violence,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.
Trump has discussed gun proposals with lawmakers and said on Friday, “A lot of progress was made, I believe, on the background checks and various things having to do with guns.”
During ABC’s “This Week” interview on Sunday, Cruz declared that there’s been “too damn many” shootings in Texas, and they “absolutely” need to be ended.
Cruz views strengthening backgrounds checks as a way to address it while also ensure law-abiding citizen’s Second Amendment rights are protected. However, he asked, “Now, the question is: What do we need to do that actually works?”
“And this is where I get frustrated with Democratic politicians in Washington,” he continued. “Because the proposals they’re putting forward would not have stopped a single one of these mass murders.”
The Republican lawmaker pointed to the recent reintroduction of the 2013 Grassley-Cruz proposal, which he believes would limit gun access for those with a criminal history or mental illness through strengthening background checks.
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Texas has seen too many of these horrific crimes. Congress needs to come together to provide real solutions, including passing Grassely-Cruz, which would keep guns out of the hands of felons & dangerous individuals to stop mass shootings. pic.twitter.com/3X0pMNX6ix
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) September 16, 2019
Cruz’s remarks drew a response from Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, as she said he was “spot on.”
“[Democrats] went even further to the left during the debate with calls to raise your taxes and ban fossil fuels,” she tweeted, adding, “What did they fail to mention? That our economy is booming, and unemployment for African Americans and Hispanics has hit record lows.”