In Texas, Senator Ted Cruz condemned the shooting on Saturday at an El Paso Walmart calling it a “heinous act of terrorism and white supremacy.” Cruz, along with several other Republicans, spoke out over the hate crime which wounded 26 and killed 20. Federal prosecutors are handling the case as domestic terrorism. All of the comments from Republicans drove around the selfish act of hate from the suspect, and some of the GOP members were calling for more gun control laws, but not Cruz.
Right before the suspect went on the rampage in Texas, he posted to social media post which was meant as hate post against immigrants. A senior law enforcement official told NBC News, “He railed against immigrants in Texas and pushed talking points about preserving European identity in America.”
Within less than 24 hours, there was another mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio early Sunday morning which wounded 27 and killed nine. This brought more shifts in conservatives whose attitudes changed a slight bit on gun control laws.
The New York Post newspaper called for a “ban on weapons of war.” It was a message sent to the president to “Come up with answers. Now. Beginning with the return of an assault-weapons ban.” The newspaper continued, “It does not have to be this way. It should not have to be this way. Mr. President, do something, help America live without fear.” The President stated on Monday in his speech to the American people, “It is the mental illness and hate which pull the trigger, not the gun.” Senator Ted Cruz feels the same way as do many other GOP Senators, but some have swayed their stance since the shootings.
The main thing everyone can agree on is the background checks need to get better. Mentally ill people and people with the tendency to harm others by showing all the signs committing mass murders needs to be stopped. Senator Lindsey Graham, Pat Toomey, and Susan Collins, all Republicans support the “red flag” measures to seize the firearms from those who seek to do harm to others or to themselves. Senator Graham tweeted, “Time to enact common-sense legislation in Congress to empower states to deal with those who present a danger to themselves and others while respecting robust due process.”
Toomey and Senator Joe Manchin, who is a Democrat from West Virginia, are working on a bipartisan bill to push for further background checks for those who wish to purchase a gun. Senator Collins is pushing to close the loopholes in the background checks “to prevent the sale of firearms to criminals and individuals with serious mental illness.”
Democrats have attacked the GOP and the president and have claimed they do not want to do anything about the situation. They are doing something about the situation. They just are not working to take our rights away like the Democrats are doing behind closed doors.
Cruz stated he was, “deeply horrified by the hateful anti-Hispanic bigotry expressed in the shooter’s so-called ‘manifesto.'” Other Republicans are also speaking out about the white supremacy groups and did not blame the president for encouraging them as the Democrats did. The Democrats were quick to criticize the president for not condemning white nationalist about the shooting in El Paso. The problem with this picture is the Democrats did not give the chance for the president to say anything. It is almost like the Democrats knew about the shooting before it happened and were ready to criticize.
Beto O’Rourke is one of the first to fire off the canon by saying Saturday, “Trump is a racist and he stokes racism in this country.” Really? What good does that prove? It only proves Democrats are quick to judge upon something they are guilty of themselves.
Others condemned the shooting in El Paso after the incident was made public. Representative Dan Crenshaw from Texas tweeted, “White supremacy has no place in this world.” The President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, who is also the senior adviser, also stated, “White Supremacy is an evil that must be destroyed.” Sunday, Kellyanne Conway, who is the White House Counsellor called for “unity and the need for America to come together.”
So while the GOP and others commented messages of peace and solutions, Democrats continue to show their true colors and waste precious time trying to do away with the Second Amendment any way they possibly can while taking any shot they can at the president and GOP members.