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US senator Ted Cruz believes ‘more children would die if AR-15 rifles banned’

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 29/05/2022 Liam De Brun

US senator Ted Cruz believes ‘more children would die if AR-15 rifles were banned’, he told the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual meeting in Houston on Friday.

Cruz’s comments arrive mere days after Salvador Ramos killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in a tragic school shooting.

With calls increasing for stricter gun laws in America, the long-term Republican supporter of fire arms claimed Democrat ‘elites’ were trying to ‘disarm Americans’ by banning the AR-15 rifles.

US senator Ted Cruz believes ‘more children would die if AR-15 rifles banned’, he told the National Rifle Association (NRA)’s annual meeting in Houston on Friday. Photo: Bob Daemmrich/ZUMA Press Wire/Shutterstock © Provided by Extra.ie US senator Ted Cruz believes ‘more children would die if AR-15 rifles banned’, he told the National Rifle Association (NRA)’s annual meeting in Houston on Friday. Photo: Bob Daemmrich/ZUMA Press Wire/Shutterstock

‘They point gleefully to other countries that have disarmed their citizens, overlooking the rise in crime and sexual assaults that would immediately follow if they succeeded.

‘Guns are used defensively to stop a crime between 500,000 and 1 million times every single year. That means if the left disarms America, those crimes would no longer be stoped,’ he told the NRA.

The AR-15 rifle is the most commonly used gun in school shootings. To date there have been 27 school shootings in America this year alone.

The AR-15 rifle is the most common gun used in school shootings. Photo: Getty. © Provided by Extra.ie The AR-15 rifle is the most common gun used in school shootings. Photo: Getty.

Cruz stated that leaving ‘only criminals with guns’ would lead to ‘many more single moms on subways’ being assaulted, as they wouldn’t have guns in their handbags to protect themselves.

In Cruz’s eyes ‘far more children’ would die as a result of the rifle being banned across the States.

Cruz, who like many other gun ownership advocates, receives large portions of donations from the NRA for his political ventures. In 2019, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence claimed Cruz received $176,274 from the organisation.

Donald Trump instead that guns are needed to banish evil from the country. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) © Provided by Extra.ie Donald Trump instead that guns are needed to banish evil from the country. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

An AR-15 rifle was also used in an attack in Buffalo, New York, which killed 10 people on May 14. In both cases it’s believed the shooter, who was 18 in both cases, was allowed to purchase a gun. While 18-year-olds can legally buy firearms they can’t purchase alcohol until they’re 21.

Branding the Texas shooting a ‘savage and barbaric atrocity that shocks the conscience of every American’, former US President Donald Trump claimed guns are needed to banish evil.

Speaking at the NRA meeting, Trump said: ‘The existence of evil is one of the very best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens. The various gun control policies being pushed by the left would have done nothing to prevent the horror that took place. Absolutely nothing.’

Trump called on Republicans and Democrats to unite to ‘harden’ schools, as he emphasised the need for a ‘top-to-bottom security overhaul at schools’.

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