Less than 24 hours since the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, that left 10 people dead, including a police officer, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) accused Democrats of playing “ridiculous theater” by proposing universal background checks and other reforms following mass shootings, which he claimed would take “away guns from law-abiding citizens.”
Cruz’s outrageous comment came during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, that was scheduled ahead of the deadly mass shootings at massage parlors in the Atlanta area last week and at a Boulder, Colo., grocery store Monday evening.
The Texas Republican argued that lawmakers should be working to prevent guns from getting into the hands of criminals instead of targeting firearms.
“Every time there’s a shooting, we play this ridiculous theater where this committee gets together and proposes a bunch of laws that would do nothing to stop these murders,” Cruz argued.
He then responded to earlier remarks from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who said that “thoughts and prayers are all we have heard from my colleagues on the other side” following mass shootings, rather than specific policy proposals to address gun violence.
“What happens in this committee after every mass shooting is Democrats propose taking away guns from law-abiding citizens, because that’s their political objective,” Cruz said on Tuesday.
Democrats on the committee pushed for more stringent restrictions on firearms. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) pointed to the Boulder shooting in which 10 people were killed, including an officer responding to the attack, in calling for a ban on assault weapons.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during gun violence hearing:
“Every time there’s a shooting, we play this ridiculous theater … Democrats propose taking away guns from law-abiding citizens … it makes it worse.”pic.twitter.com/yXUHsj6qG0
— The Recount (@therecount) March 23, 2021