Sen. Cruz reveals Senate Dems blocked 2013 proposals to harden school security, keep guns away from felons and mentally insane

As has become typical, Democrats and their media allies immediately demanded more gun control and viciously attacked their Republican opponents in the immediate aftermath of another tragic mass shooting at a school, this time at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas.

Second Amendment supporter Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was a prime target of those attacks from the left, but he is now reminding everyone of how Democrats previously blocked his legislative attempts to prevent and reduce school shootings, Breitbart reported.

Indeed, in 2013 as part of the gun control debate following the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Connecticut, Cruz introduced legislation that would harden school security measures and crack down on guns possessed by convicted felons and the mentally ill, but his bills were filibustered and blocked by Senate Democrats.

Cruz attacked by left after Texas shooting

Following news of the deadly school shooting Tuesday afternoon, Cruz tweeted, “Heidi & I are fervently lifting up in prayer the children and families in the horrific shooting in Uvalde. We are in close contact with local officials, but the precise details are still unfolding. Thank you to heroic law enforcement & first responders for acting so swiftly.”

The replies to that tweet were full of personal attacks against the senator, and Axios reported that Cruz faced additional fierce backlash to his expression of grief by Democrats and gun control groups, many of whom accused the senator of being personally responsible for the deaths of children due to his opposition to anti-gun legislation.

Perhaps fueling that fire were remarks Cruz made to CNN about the shooting, when he said, “When there’s a murderer of this kind, you see politicians try to politicize it, you see Democrats and a lot of folks in the media whose immediate solution is to try to restrict the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.”

Cruz proposals blocked by Senate Dems

The truth is, though, Sen. Cruz did attempt to address the issue of tragic school shootings with a proposed solution in 2013, as he explained to Fox News host Jesse Watters Wednesday evening, according to Breitbart.

“In 2013, I introduced legislation that would spend $300 million on federal grants to harden schools to make them safer, to make them more protected. The Democrats filibustered that legislation,” Cruz said. “I’ve introduced legislation to say schools like this elementary school behind me can get federal grants to harden their security, to put in bulletproof doors, bulletproof glass, to put in armed police officers to protect kids.”

“In 2013, I introduced legislation called Grassley-Cruz, which targeted felons and fugitives and those with serious mental illness,” he continued. “It directed the Department of Justice to do an audit of federal convictions to make sure felons are in the database. It directed the Department of Justice to prosecute and put in jail felons and fugitives who try to illegally buy firearms.”

“That vote in the Harry Reid-Democrat Senate,” Cruz added, “a majority of the Senate voted in favor of Grassley-Cruz, but the Democrats filibustered it. They demanded 60 votes. They defeated it because they wanted to go after law-abiding citizens instead of stopping the bad guys. We need to stop the bad guys.”

As Sen. Cruz alluded to, after nearly every such mass shooting, Democrats and their media allies immediately attack Republicans and demand gun control measures that go after normal gun owners instead of actually targeting criminals or the mentally insane or taking preventative steps — like increased security — to make so-called “soft” targets like schools less appealing to would-be mass shooters.

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