Ted Cruz Skinned Over Ridiculous Idea To Prevent School Shootings

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says the solution to school shootings is fewer doorways and more guns.

After 19 children and two teachers were murdered on Tuesday at a Texas elementary school by a man armed with an assault rifle, the state senator suggested schools would be safer if there was only one way in or out.

“One of the things that everyone agreed on is that we shouldn’t have all those back doors locked. Have one door to get in and out of the school and have… armed police officers at that door,” he told Fox News on Wednesday.

Armed police officers showed up at the door fairly quickly, thanks to multiple 911 calls. Those officers fired at the gunman and still could not prevent the death of those 21 victims.

“Had that happened,” Cruz said, “if those federal grants had gone to this school, the armed cops could have taken him out when that psycho arrived. And we would have 19 more children and two teachers.”

He accused Democrats calling for gun reform of “empty political stance” after a tragedy, then immediately complained that Democrats were blocking legislation he enacted nearly a decade ago that would spend $300 million in federal grants to “make schools harder to deliver them.” safer” with upgrades such as bulletproof doors, bulletproof glass and armed police officers.

The US has significantly more mass shootings than any other developed country, some of the loosest controls over who can buy guns and what types of firearms are allowed.

Elected Republicans have repeatedly called for increased security and mental health care to protect children from shootings, even as the data has shown time and again that the US is an outlier on weapons, not on mental health or school security.

House Democrats and some Republicans have passed two bills that would tighten gun sales rules by expanding background checks — measures consistently supported by a majority of Americans in polls. But the legislation has been stalled by opposition from Senate Republicans, many of whom are receiving massive campaign support from gun lobbyists.

Cruz, for example, has received nearly $750,000 during his tenure, according to campaign finance tracker Open Secrets.

His proposal to cut back on doors instead of weapons met immediate reactions online. See the comment below.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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