Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) railed against Democrats just hours after the United States suffered its second mass shooting in a week.
Cruz delivered his political screed during a Senate hearing on gun violence on Tuesday that took place following last week’s shooting in Atlanta that killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women, and the attack in Boulder Monday night, which killed 10 people.
“All of us lift up in prayer the families in Boulder, Colorado, the families in Atlanta that lost their lives, including the police officer in Boulder, Colorado,” Cruz began. “I can tell you in Texas we’ve seen far too many of these.”
The senator went on to list several shootings that occurred in Texas cities while he was also there, saying, “I was in Sutherland Springs in that beautiful sanctuary where a monster murdered innocent people. I’ve been to too damn many of these.”
Cruz conceded that something must be done to stop these senseless acts of violence, yet still railed at his colleagues for their “ridiculous” theatrics every time there’s a mass murder.
“Every time there’s a shooting we play this ridiculous theatre where this committee gets together and proposes a bunch of laws that would do nothing to stop these murders!!” Cruz exclaimed before railing against Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for claiming that Republicans have no solutions to combatting violence.
“The democrats who want to take away the guns from those victims would create more victims of crimes not less. I agree it’s a time for action, and by the way, I don’t apologize for thoughts or prayers. I will lift up in prayer people who are hurting and I believe in the power of prayer, and the contempt of Democrats for prayers is an odd sociological thing. But I also agree thoughts and prayers are not enough — we need action.”
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Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., opened the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing by calling gun violence in the United States a “public health crisis” and asked for “a moment of action. A moment of real caring.”
“Prayer leaders have their important place in this, but we are Senate leaders. What are we doing?” asked Durbin, the committee’s chairman. “We won’t solve this crisis with prosecutions after funerals. We need prevention before shooting.”
Over 41,000 people were killed in 2020 by gun violence, a record experts say was driven by the public health, economic and social fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.