Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas — who has received more money than any other lawmaker from gun groups — appeared on “Fox & Friends” where he falsely claimed Democrats want to get rid of the Second Amendment and blamed former President Obama for a mass shooting.
According to Marketwatch, Cruz received $360,727 from gun groups in 2016, a fact that Cruz didn’t mention on Fox News.
During a report on the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt told Cruz: “Democrats are calling for gun control, they’re talking about not allowing you to buy the AR-15 anymore.”
“We have seen multiple shootings recently, mass shootings using this weapon. You’re a parent, you have young girls who are going to grow up and go to school as well.”
Parroting the NRA< Cruz falsely claimed Democrats were trying to “take away the Second Amendment”:
The reaction of Democrats to any tragedy is to try to politicize it. They immediately start calling that we’ve got to take away the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens. That’s not the right answer.
Cruz claimed victims of mass shootings have told him that “gun control is not the answer here,” but failed to name one of the victims.
Cruz claimed that focusing on criminals would work even though the Florida shooter had no prior criminal record:
The answer is to focus on criminals, to focus on violent criminals. This individual appears to have significant issues with mental illness. I think we will certainly be asking were there signs of mental illness, could we have stepped in and prevented this before hand?
Cruz tried to blame former President Barack Obam — a for not enforcing gun laws that Cruz opposed — in the Sutherland Springs, Texas church shooting that took the lives of 26 people:
Had the Obama administration simply followed federal law and enforced the law, existing gun laws made it illegal for the Sutherland Springs shooter to buy a gun. But the Obama administration failed to report his criminal conviction so he wasn’t in the background check system.
(Sources: Marketwatch, Fox News via YouTube)