Texas school shooting prompts calls for gun reform
Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT): “But I’m here on this floor to beg to literally get down on my hands and knees and beg my colleagues. Find a path forward here.”
In Washington, D.C., and around the country there are calls for gun reform after a shooter killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas.
President Biden: “I’m sick and tired of it. We have to act.”
Democrats are renewing their calls for an assault weapons ban, universal background checks, and not allowing purchases to be finalized until the background check is complete.
They have passed bills through the house, but the legislation stalled in the senate where it needs 60 votes.
Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz expressed opposition to any measure he says would restrict the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners.
Senator Ted Cruz: “That doesn’t work. It’s not effective, it doesn’t prevent crime. We know what does prevent crime which is going after felons and fugitives and those with serious mental illness.”
Former President Donald Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott are set to speak at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Houston over Memorial Day weekend. They and other Republicans have called for increased security at schools, and arming and training teachers. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.