On Friday night, an activist confronted Texas Senator Ted Cruz in regards to the Uvalde college capturing following the junior senator’s look on the National Rifle Association Convention in Houston, Texas.
Benjamin Hernandez, a board member of progressive advocacy group Indivisible Houston, approached Senator Cruz at a neighborhood sushi restaurant.
In video of the confrontation, Cruz poses for a photograph with Hernandez, after which Hernandez begins asking the senator questions in regards to the position of gun management within the Robb Elementary college capturing. “I have a young daughter,” Hernandez explains as Cruz interrupts him.
“Can you tell me about background checks? What about them?” continues Hernandez as Cruz clearly seems to be for an exit.
Cruz continues to induce Hernandez to hearken to the speech he simply delivered on the NRA Convention, throughout which Cruz blamed every part however weapons for mass shootings just like the one in Uvalde, from violence in video video games to social media bullying to declining church attendance.
In mentioned speech, Cruz even went so far as to say “What stops armed bad guys is armed good guys.”
Uvalde Police waited 78 minutes earlier than actively confronting the gunman, regardless of youngsters’s cries of “911” and “help!”
Hernandez then tells Cruz, “You can make it harder for people to get guns in this country. You know that. You know that. But you stand here, you stand at the NRA convention ― it is harder, it is harder when there are more guns to stop gun violence.”
Hernandez and Cruz proceed the heated dialog when safety begins to bodily transfer Hernandez away. As Hernandez is pulled away from the senator, he yells, “19 children died! 19 children died! That is on your hands!”
Hernandez instructed HuffPost that when he noticed Cruz within the restaurant, he had no alternative however to strategy him.
“A couple of days ago, I had caught that clip of Beto [O’Rourke] confronting [Texas Gov. Greg] Abbott, and I wrote something to the effect of, ‘Confront all these hypocritical assholes like Beto did.’ And it’s really easy to tweet, right?” Hernandez mentioned.
“But then two days later, Ted Cruz is walking in this space where I am, and it’s like, OK, I have to go talk to him now.”
Hernandez mentioned that the time for “civil discourse and debate ― when they allow it, which they don’t ― that’s over, to me,” noting that Cruz’s canned response is a chief instance of lawmakers’ refusal to interact in dialog and as a substitute keep on with get together speaking factors.
“It is uncomfortable. Yes, it was uncomfortable for me to go and do that ― that’s not me. My mom was even surprised that I dropped the F-bomb. But this week has had me dropping F-bombs, because I’m just so incensed that they would stand there and not do anything about it.”