Republican Senator Ted Cruz stormed out of an interview after being asked why school mass shootings ‘only happen in America’ during a vigil for victims of the Robb Elementary School massacre.
The Texas senator had joined Republican Governor Greg Abbott to be with hundreds of tearful relatives and friends mourning loved ones killed in the shooting.
Nineteen children from the same class and two of their teachers at Robb Elementary School, Uvalde, Texas, were murdered on Tuesday by 18-year-old Salvador Ramos using two AR-15-style rifles. Ramos had bought the guns and 375 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition legally a week before, just days after his 18th birthday.
British journalist Mark Stone approached Cruz at the vigil and asked him whether it was time for gun reform laws in America. When asked why American exceptionalism is ‘so awful’, Cruz said: ‘You know, I’m sorry you think American exceptionalism is awful. You’ve got your political agenda. God love you.’
After repeatedly being told ‘You can’t answer that’ by Stone, Cruz turned and said: ‘Why is it that people come from all over the world to America? Because it’s the freest, most prosperous, safest country on Earth. Stop being a propagandist.’
‘You know, it’s easy to go to politics,’ Cruz told Sky News. ‘Inevitably, when some violent psychopath murders people, if you want to stop violent crime, the proposals the Democrats have — none of them would have stopped this.’
He added: ‘There are 19 sets of parents who are never going to get to kiss their child tonight.’
The Texas senator then stormed out of the interview.
This is an excerpt from the Daily Mail.
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