Ted Cruz just laughed. Not an audible laugh, but still a visible chuckle. He was asked Thursday morning by a Fox News anchor about the call for gun control after a mass shooting, this time resulting in 17 dead at a high school in Florida.
As soon as Ainsley Earhardt said the words “gun control,” Cruz chuckled. Check it out at the 1:50 mark in the interview above. That’s all anyone needs to know about the character of Sen. Cruz.
The arrogance of these politicians is only outmatched by their selfishness. They are scared of losing money (courtesy of the NRA) and potentially losing their job. They forget that their job is to make laws that protect the citizens of the United States.
If the shooter had pledged allegiance to a foreign country, Cruz and company would be all over that and call for immediate congressional action to put up walls and halt visas and ground all air travel until they can figure out what’s going on.
Unfortunately for Cruz, the shooter is American. So the only other possible reason for this tragedy is mental illness. Guns didn’t kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, mental illness did.
Forget that the U.S., while accounting for just over 4 percent of the world’s population, owns 42 percent of all of the guns in the world. That’s just a coincidence. It’s mental illness.
Between 2013 and 2015, 59 people were killed in shooting incidents at schools or colleges, according to Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, an organization dedicated to reducing gun violence in America. In 2017, the U.S. saw a total of 346 mass shootings. And the chart below shows the mass shootings so far in 2018.
But these shootings don’t occur because of guns, it’s mental illness. Right, Sen Cruz?
Let’s assume for a minute that mental illness actually is the reason for all of these tragedies. In fact, studies have found that 20 percent, and possibly up to 60 percent, of these shooters may have been mentally ill, according to a 1995 study in The American Journal of Public Health. Wouldn’t that be a strong argument for keeping guns away from people with mental illness?
Instead, in 2017, President Trump revoked a law that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun. That law, enacted during the Obama administration, added about 75,000 names to the national background check database of people receiving Social Security checks for mental illnesses and people deemed unfit to handle their own financial affairs.
Trump and the NRA said that law infringed upon the Second Amendment rights of those mentally ill individuals even though guns are not responsible for mass shootings, mental illness is.