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Senator Ted Cruz has dramatically called for multiple cops and ex-military members to be stationed at school doors to avoid another horrific school massacre.
Cruz, 51, suggested at the annual National Rifle Association conference in Houston on Friday that schools should model security measures of courthouses, such as ‘limiting the means of entry to one entrance.’
‘Schools, likewise, should have a single point of entry,’ he lamented on Friday. ‘At that single point of entry, we should have multiple armed police officers, or if need be, military veterans trained to provide security and keep our children safe.
‘We need serious funding to upgrade our schools to install bulletproof doors, and locking classroom doors.’
The Republican lawmaker also recalled the six shooting sites he has visited since 2016 and called all of them ‘horrible.’
‘I was in Dallas in 2016, in Sutherland Springs in 2017, in Santa Fe in 2018, in El Paso and Midland Odessa in 2019, and now Uvalde. Each time was the picture of horror,’ he said on Friday.
Despite visiting the sites of six shootings, Cruz – among other GOP leaders, like former President Donald Trump, who also attended the NRA conference – are not calling for gun reform or tighter restrictions.
Senator Ted Cruz calls for multiple armed cops and military veterans to be stationed at schools with bulletproof doors installed to protect our ‘most precious asset’ children at the National Rifle Association conference in Houston on Friday
Cruz suggested there only be one point on entry to schools, as well, so the shooter couldn’t enter through a backdoor
Children ran out of the school with scared looks on their faces after police helped pull them from a window at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday, where Salvador Ramos, 18, killed 19 fourth-graders and two teachers
Cruz went on to blame ‘virtual life’ as a fundamental reason shootings are happening, saying it creates an ‘absence of community and faith and love,’ Fox News reported.
‘Tragedies like the events of this week are a mirror forcing us to ask hard questions, demanding that we see where our culture is failing.’
He cited ‘broken families, absent fathers, declining church attendance, and social media bullying’ as reasons young people psyches are being effected and could potential lead them to violent.
However, Cruz does not want citizens’ rights to gun to be limited.
‘Many would still tell us that the evil displayed in Uvalde or in Buffalo derives from the presence of guns in the hands of ordinary American citizens.
‘It’s rather easier to slander one’s political adversaries and demand that responsible citizens forfeit their constitutional rights than it is to examine the cultural sickness giving births to unspeakable acts of evil. It’s far less comfortable to ask why despair, isolation, and violent hatred is so prevalent in America,’ he said on Friday.
He also said taking away guns would only cause more deaths, as he slammed Democrats for blocking his gun violence legislation.
The Republican said his bill would have helped prevent future shootings by providing funding to secure schools and would have created a federal task force to reprimand citizens who illegally buy guns, he said.
‘If they succeeded in confiscating guns, many more people would lose their lives,’ Cruz said. He claimed – citing the Obama Administration – that 500,000 to 1million times a year, a gun is used defensively.
‘That means, if the left disarms America, those crimes will no longer be stopped,’ he said.
Cruz did not provide the numbers on how many times guns are used in crimes yearly.
Trump agreed with Cruz, saying schools needed to amp up security measures and also suggested teachers need to be trained to carry concealed weapons
He also said ‘single moms in subways’ would be raped or murdered more frequently and that home invasions would become more deadly ‘because only the criminals would have guns,’ and that ‘far more children would be murdered.’
The Texan also slammed woke DAs for not ‘imprisoning the bad guys’ and said the only way to stop violence is to ‘stop the bad guys.’
‘We must not react to evil and tragedy by abandoning the Constitution or infringing on the rights of our law-abiding citizens,’ Cruz said on Friday.
Trump, 75, also spoke at the conference and call for a ‘drastic’ change of the nation’s approach to mental health, saying the US needs a ‘top-to-bottom security overhaul at schools across the country.’
The former president said ‘the existence of evil in our world is not a reason to disarm law-abiding citizens. The existence of evil is one of the very best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens.’
Trump also agreed with Cruz, saying schools need to amp up security measures by having a single point of entry, strong exterior fencing, and metal detectors, as well as armed officers.
He also called for teachers to be trained to be able to carry concealed weapons in classrooms.
The conference – a first since 2019 – came three days after the Uvalde shooting, where 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, originally of North Dakota, shot 19 students and two teachers around 11pm on Tuesday at Robb Elementary School.
The teen purchased two rifles around his 18th birthday and had worked at local Wendy’s to save up for the purchase.