Whenever a mass shooting takes place in the United States, you can count on Republicans to repeat the same hackneyed lines:
- Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. (Because they have no solution to the problem, just words.)
- Now is not the time to talk about gun control or “politicize” the issue. (Because they’re beholden to the gun lobby and need the blood money provided by the NRA.)
Such was the case with Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R), during an appearance on Fox & Friends Thursday morning. Cruz began with the thoughts and prayers line:
“Our prayers are with the families and all of those children who went through that horrible horror. This horror shouldn’t exist. And we don’t know right now exactly why this deranged individual did this. I’m sure in the days to come we are going to find out more about what his motives were. But whatever they were, they were evil. And this is a horrible, horrible thing and our prayers are with those Florida families.”
When co-host Ainsley Earhardt mentioned that some Democrats are calling for gun control in light of the latest massacre, Cruz had this to say:
“The reaction of Democrats to any tragedy is to try to politicize it. They immediately start calling that we’ve got to take away the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. That’s not the right answer.”
Textbook GOP talking points. They offer nothing but empty words and platitudes. Then they fill their pockets with money made from the manufacture and sale of weapons of mass murder.
But it was what Cruz said next that proved his and his party’s complicity and hypocrisy on the issue of guns in America. He tried to blame the mass shooting that killed 26 at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on former President Obama. In other words, he politicized it:
“Had the Obama administration simply followed federal law and enforced the law, existing gun laws made it illegal for the Sutherland Springs shooter to buy a gun. But the Obama administration failed to report his criminal conviction so he wasn’t in the background check system.”
If there is a hell, there’s a warm corner of it reserved for assholes like Ted Cruz.