Ted Cruz: Democrats killed bill that would have stopped Texas church shooter

Since the tragic attack on the Sutherland Springs, Texas, Baptist church, liberal Democrats have been howling like banshees, screaming that the country needs more gun control and blaming the NRA for the senseless shooting.  But, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said he introduced legislation with Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, that would have prevented the shooting, but Democrats blocked it with a filibuster.

“We could have prevented this,” the Texas Republican said, “in 2013 in the wake of Sandy Hook, I joined with Chuck Grassley, we introduced legislation that was called the Grassley-Cruz legislation. And it was aggressive legislation targeting felons and violent criminals to stop them from getting guns.”

“There were a couple of elements of that legislation that were critical,” he added. “One, it mandated that federal agencies, including the Air Force, report to the NCIS because that was a problem back then.”

According to The Blaze:

“But two, and this is an even more critical piece,” he added. “If it had been reported to the background database, when he went into academy to buy these weapons, he lied on the forms – that is a felony to lie on those forms.”

“The Obama administration didn’t prosecute those cases,” he continued. “In 2010, 40,000 felons and fugitives lied and illegally tried to purchase guns – they prosecuted only 44 of them.”

“Gun control for felons and fugitives yes, for individual citizens,” Cruz concluded, “for law-abiding citizens, no, and the Democrats filibustered the legislation that would have resulted in this shooter being in federal prison instead of murdering those innocents in that Texas church.”

A post at the Right Scoop added:

It’s especially frustrating when, as Cruz points out, that Kelley had both a domestic violence conviction as well as a 12 month sentence that would have prevented Academy from selling him that Ruger in 2016.

I hope the Trump administration comes down hard on the Air Force and investigates why this failure to comply occurred. After all, you know that if a gun store or dealer failed to comply with the law, the holy hell of government would come down on them faster than you can blink an eye, especially after a massacre like this. The same should happen with regard to the Air Force.

“And while they’re at it, someone should haul in Eric Holder and grill him on why his DOJ didn’t prosecute the 48,000 that lied on their gun applications in 2010,” the Right Scoop added.

Here’s video of Cruz’s appearance on Fox News:

Liberal anti-gunners, meanwhile, want us to think that every shooting is the fault of the NRA.  In this instance, however, it seems that Senate Democrats are at least partly to blame.  Will liberals go after them the way do the NRA?  We won’t hold our breath…


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