Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) had a few things to say at the Conservative Political Action Conference and none of them were good. We can agree with him, though, when he said, “The Democrats are the party of Lisa Simpson and Republicans are happily the party of Homer, Bart, Maggie and Marge,” in reference to Simpson family members on the long-running cartoon show “The Simpsons.” From there, things got worse when Cruz bragged to Ben Domenech and the audience that he killed a bill that could have saved lives.
“Republicans were falling all over themselves scared” to pass legislation, he said. “You had Chuck Schumer and the Democrats saying ‘now we’re going to pass massive gun control legislation.’ Well, we beat that, and I was a brand-new baby freshman senator and happily led the fight against it.”
Cruz was referring to a bill proposed following the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in which a gunman fatally shot 20 children between six and seven years old, and six adult staff members in 2012.
The bill would have expanded background checks to gun sales made at gun shows and over the internet, and it had majority support. This is why we can’t have nice things. Cruz is bragging about killing a bill that would have expanded background checks, and now, his president is floating the idea.
Even after the Sandy Hook massacre, the bill failed to pass in the Senate because Republicans wouldn’t allow it.
Cruz received $41,805 in campaign donations from gun rights groups during the 2015-2016 campaign cycle and received an “A+” grade from the National Rifle Association, so he was paid really well to kill any sort of common sense gun legislation. The teenagers who survived the recent Florida high school massacre had to grow up being accustomed to taking part in active shooter drills.
Cruz probably thinks that bullet holes in children are really called freedom holes.
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