Texas teachers protest outside Ted Cruz's office after Uvalde school shooting
Austin, Texas - Texas teachers marched to Sen. Ted Cruz's Austin office to demand action on gun control in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Uvalde.
The teachers rallied outside Cruz's office at the J.J. Jake Pickle Federal Building to demand that he and other elected officials finally take action to limit access to assault weapons.
After the massacre that left 19 children and two adults dead, Cruz once again said gun control legislation is not the way forward to prevent further tragedies. The 18-year-old shooter was able to purchase his firearms legally.
The far-right senator has instead proposed limiting access to schools to just one door, "hardening" schools with different building materials, and arming teachers with guns – "solutions" the teachers rejected during the protest.
"Educators are here to teach, not to police," Texas American Federation of Teachers President Zeph Capo said. "Educators are experienced in lessons, in delivering education, in delivering skills, in delivering content. They are not experts in hitting targets, and they damn well shouldn't have to be."
"The problem is, they're doing their job, and the people that we've elected are not doing their job," he added.
Cruz doubles down
Cruz so far has not expressed any change of heart when it comes to limiting gun access.
"The elites who dominate our culture, tell us that firearms lie at the root of the problem," he said at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston, just days after the Uvalde shooting. "It’s a lot easier to moralize about guns and to shriek about those you disagree with politically, but it’s never been about guns."
According to data from Brady, Cruz received $176,284 in contributions from the NRA in 2019 alone.
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