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Ted Cruz confronted at restaurant by progressive activist over Texas school shooting

New footage exhibits Ted Cruz being confronted in a Houston restaurant by a gun reform activist over the Texas school shooting after the senator’s look at the NRA conference. 

In the video shared by Indivisible Houston, Cruz might be seen posing for what he thinks is {a photograph} with the progressive activist group’s board member Benjamin Hernandez at Uptown Sushi in Houston.

With his arm nonetheless round Cruz, Hernandez start to question him on gun management,  together with asking the senator why he was towards why background checks.

‘The background checks would not have stopped the shooter,’ Cruz tells him. ‘You know what would have? The invoice I launched.’

Hernandez questions Cruz on gun cntrol, together with asking the senator why he was towards background checks

‘The background checks would not have stopped the shooter,’ Cruz tells Hernanzdez. ‘You know what would have? The invoice I launched,’

‘Nineteen youngsters died! That’s in your arms! Ted Cruz, that is in your arms!’ he says as Cruz sits again down at his desk

Cruz then tells Hernandez to look at his earlier speech at the annual National Rifle Association convention which infuriates Hernandez. 

The convention – a primary since 2019 – got here three days after the Uvalde shooting, the place 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, initially of North Dakota, shot 19 college students and two academics round 11pm on Tuesday at Robb Elementary School. 

‘You could make it tougher for folks to get weapons on this nation. You know that. You know that. But you stand right here, you stand at the NRA conference ― it’s tougher, it’s tougher when there are extra weapons to cease gun violence,’ Hernandez tells Cruz. 

The two males are separated by Cruz’ safety and Cruz stands throughout from him along with his arms on his hips as Hernandez asks him: ‘Why did you come right here to the conference?’ Why? When 19 youngsters died!’ 

‘Nineteen youngsters died! That’s in your arms! Ted Cruz, that is in your arms!’ he says as Cruz sits again down at his desk. 

Hernandez advised the Huffington Post he was in Houston as a result of his digital promoting company was livestreaming the protests staged outdoors the NRA conference.

He mentioned he simply occurred to dine at the identical restaurant as Cruz and when he noticed him he thought: ‘Oh, hell no.’

Hernandez advised the Huffington Post he was impressed to talk up by Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who ran and lost towards Cruz for Senator and who’s at the moment operating to develop into Texas’ subsequent Governor.

O’Rourke has been a vocal marketing campaign for gun management. This week he interrupted a information convention by Republican officers, together with his opponent Abbott, to demand rapid motion after the worst school shooting in a decade. 

Hernandez (pictured) mentioned was impressed to talk up by Democrat Beto O’Rourke who’s at the moment operating to develop into Texas’ subsequent Governor

Hours earlier Cruz urged at the NRA conference that colleges ought to mannequin safety measures of courthouses, similar to ‘limiting the technique of entry to 1 entrance’

Democratic candidate for Texas governor Beto O’Rourke demanded rapid motion on gun management in an impassioned speech to protesters in Houston days after 19 youngsters have been shot lifeless at a school in Uvalde, about 270 miles away

‘A few days in the past, I had caught that clip of Beto confronting Abbott, and I wrote one thing to the impact of, “Confront all these hypocritical assholes like Beto did.” And it is very easy to tweet, proper?’ Hernandez mentioned. ‘But then two days later, Ted Cruz is strolling on this area the place I’m, and it is like, “OK, I have to go talk to him now.”

Hours earlier Cruz urged at conference that colleges ought to mannequin safety measures of courthouses, similar to ‘limiting the technique of entry to 1 entrance.’

‘Schools, likewise, ought to have a single level of entry,’ he lamented on Friday. ‘At that single level of entry, we must always have a number of armed law enforcement officials, or if want be, army veterans educated to supply safety and hold our kids protected.

‘We want severe funding to improve our colleges to put in bulletproof doorways, and locking classroom doorways.’

Cruz went on guilty ‘digital life’ as a elementary purpose shootings are taking place, saying it creates an ‘absence of neighborhood and religion and love,’ Fox News reported.

‘Tragedies just like the occasions of this week are a mirror forcing us to ask laborious questions, demanding that we see the place our tradition is failing.’

He cited ‘damaged households, absent fathers, declining church attendance, and social media bullying’ as causes younger folks psyches are being effected and will potential cause them to violent.

Claudia Blakemore and Ira Dember protest towards gun legal guidelines outdoors the NRA annual conference in Houston. The nation is once more coping with the aftermath of a mass shooting and the divisions between left and proper about learn how to transfer ahead

Children run to security following a mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde on Tuesday

Mourners on Thursday place flowers on crosses with the names of kids killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas 

However, Cruz doesn’t need residents’ rights to gun to be restricted.

‘Many would nonetheless inform us that the evil displayed in Uvalde or in Buffalo derives from the presence of weapons within the arms of peculiar American residents.

‘It’s fairly simpler to slander one’s political adversaries and demand that accountable residents forfeit their constitutional rights than it’s to look at the cultural illness giving births to unspeakable acts of evil. It’s far much less comfy to ask why despair, isolation, and violent hatred is so prevalent in America,’ he mentioned on Friday.

As Cruz defended gun rights, O’Rourke urged protesters outdoors the conference to interrupt the opposition of Republicans to gun management by ‘getting of their faces earlier than one other little one is shot in face.’

Thousands of protesters assembled throughout the road from a conference middle, however O’Rourke delivered an impassioned plea for motion days after 19 youngsters and two academics have been shot lifeless about 270 miles away in Uvalde.

‘So I ask you for these of you in energy and who maintain office proper now and have been in the way in which and refuse to behave: Please promise me you’re going to get of their faces earlier than one other little one is shot of their face,’ he advised protesters.

The NRA occasion comes because the nation as soon as once more asks why a troubled 18-year-old might so simply purchase two military-style weapons.

O’Rourke took difficulty with opponents who mentioned the rapid aftermath of the bloodshed was a time for prayer and unity not politics.

‘The time for us to cease Uvalde was proper after Sandy Hook,’ he mentioned, in reference to the

‘The time for us to cease Uvalde was proper after Parkland.

‘The time for us to cease the valley it was proper after Santa Fe High School.

‘The time for us to cease the following mass shooting on this nation is correct now proper right here as we speak with each single certainly one of us.

Protesters outdoors the George R Brown Convention Center held crosses with photographs of shooting victims and shouted, ‘NRA go away,’ and ‘Shame, it may very well be your children as we speak.’

One girl held a placard studying merely: ‘F*** the NRA,’ as 1000’s of members of the nation’s largest gun foyer streamed into the conference middle.

Karen Pate, a excessive school instructor, was among the many protesters.

‘I feel the NRA being in Houston is disgusting at any time – however to be right here proper now’s simply appalling,’ she mentioned.

‘It exhibits they do not stand for something apart from making money.’