On Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) cited Chicago’s bloody Labor Day weekend as an argument for the ineffectiveness of gun control policies, which Democrats are pushing following the Texas mass shooting.
“Gun control doesn’t work. Look at Chicago. Disarming law-abiding citizens isn’t the answer,” Cruz tweeted.
He offered other solutions to stop violent criminals.
“Stopping violent criminals—prosecuting & getting them off the street—BEFORE they commit more violent crimes is the most effective way to reduce murder rates. Let’s protect our citizens,” Cruz added.
Gun control doesn’t work. Look at Chicago. Disarming law-abiding citizens isn’t the answer. Stopping violent criminals—prosecuting & getting them off the street—BEFORE they commit more violent crimes is the most effective way to reduce murder rates. Let’s protect our citizens. https://t.co/znHO31gDH2
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 2, 2019
Chicago experienced a violent Labor Day weekend with at least 35 people shot and seven of them killed, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The city experienced a more violent weekend this year compared to this time last year. In 2018, Chicago’s Labor Day weekend saw four people killed and 23 people wounded, according to Fox News.
Breitbart News reported at least 29 were shot, six fatally, over the weekend of Aug. 23-25, 2019, in Democrat-controlled Chicago.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican leadership for immediate action on gun control legislation.
“Every day, the epidemic of gun violence inflicts a devastating toll in communities in every corner of our country, forcing far too many to endure heartbreak and tragedy,” Pelosi said in a statement on Saturday. “The Republican Senate must end its obstruction and finally pass the common-sense, bipartisan, House-passed gun violence prevention legislation that the country is demanding.”
On Saturday, Schumer tweeted for an end to gun violence and for McConnell to have the Senate take up the House background check bill once Congress returns.
Democratic presidential candidates seemed not to waste any time to politicize the tragedy.
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said earlier, “Beginning on Day One in office, I will take executive action to reduce gun violence—closing dangerous loopholes in gun sales, cracking down on gun manufacturers, and investing in communities impacted by gun violence.”
O’Rourke expressed his frustration bluntly in the interview with CNN.
“A hundred killed daily in the United States of America. We’re averaging about 300 mass shootings a year. No other country comes close. So yes, this is [expletive] up,” O’Rourke said.