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Senator Ted Cruz on Friday called for significantly increased school security, including individual entrances, armed guards and more, as he railed against Democrats for pushing gun control after the Uvalde, Texas shooting.
Cruz, R-Texas, also lamented the “evil” behind the shooting that killed 21 at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday while speaking during an address at the annual National Rifle Association conference in Houston. He also called for increased law enforcement efforts to prosecute people who buy guns illegally.
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“There is best practice in federal buildings and courthouses where they restrict entry to one entrance for security reasons,” Cruz said, describing another school shooting where a gunman entered through a back door. “Schools should also have a single access point.
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“Emergency exits should only open. At that single point of entry, we should have several armed police officers or, if necessary, military veterans who are trained to provide security and protect our children,” Cruz continued.
Cruz said legislation he previously introduced with Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, could help prevent some future shootings by providing funding to secure schools. The bill would also create a state task force to prosecute people who buy guns illegally and ensure that all state crime databases are updated.
Cruz also railed against changes in US culture, including violent media and isolation in “virtual life without community and faith and love” as underlying issues causing shootings like the one in Uvalde.
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The senator continued to attack Democrats for proposing more gun laws, while some places in the US with strong gun laws have high crime rates.
Democrats countered this point by claiming that many of the guns that contribute to crime in big cities like Chicago are bought elsewhere, where gun laws are less strict, and brought into the cities.
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Cruz was just one of several speakers at the NRA conference, which also included NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott via a recorded speech, and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.
Noem argued that the value of the Second Amendment is not just in personal defense or hunting. She said it’s about freedom and protecting citizens from the government.
“The Second Amendment is about deterrence, it’s about making sure the government respects the rights and freedoms of citizens,” Noem said before reading the text of the Second Amendment. “The Founders deeply understood that authentic freedom would not and could not survive without an armed citizenry… They drew from their own experience.”
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