As Americans across the country continue to mourn the lives lost in the recent Texas church shooting, it turns out that there was one piece of legislation that could have stopped this from ever happening.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared on Fox News where he mentioned that the Grassley-Cruz legislation in 2013, which was filibustered by the Democrats, would have placed the shooter in a federal prison rather than letting him go free and murdering dozens of innocents in Texas, according to Breitbart.
Appearing on Fox News’s “Fox News @ Night,” Sen. Ted Cruz said that if the Democrats didn’t filibuster his proposed legislation four years ago, that bill “would have resulted in this shooter being in federal prison instead of murdering those innocents in that Texas church.”
Mr. Cruz went on to say “[T]his should have been stopped beforehand. Under federal law, it was illegal for this individual to purchase a firearm. He had a conviction for a crime that’s punishable by more than a year in prison, and he had a conviction for multiple domestic violence crimes. Both of those, it’s already ineligible.”
In describing why the shooter was able to purchase a firearm despite his conviction, Sen. Cruz emphasized the Obama administration’s role. “The Obama administration didn’t report those convictions to the [NICS] database. That’s an endemic problem. It’s a problem with the federal government. It’s a problem with the states. And so, when he went in to buy the guns, they ran the background check, and they didn’t find it because it wasn’t in the database.”
Sen. Cruz goes on to describe how in the wake of Sandy Hook, he co-opted a bill with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) that would aggressively target felons and violent criminals to stop them from buying guns.
“There were a couple elements of that legislation that were critical: One, it mandated that federal agencies, including the Air Force, report to the [NICS] because that was a problem back then. But, two, and this is an even more critical piece, if it had been reported to the background database, when he went into Academy [Sports & Outdoors store] to buy this — these weapons, he lied on the forms,” Sen. Cruz said.
“That is a felony to lie on those forms. The Obama administration didn’t prosecute those cases. In 2010, 48,000 felons and fugitives lied and illegally tried to purchase guns. They prosecuted only 44 of them,” he added.
Mr. Cruz concluded his appearance on the show by saying that the Democrats filibustered a bill that would have prevented this tragedy from happening in the first place. “We could have prevented this.”
Sen. Cruz was one of the first to respond in the wake of the shooting in his state, tweeting that he was “Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our brave first responders on the scene.”
Are the Democrats liable for this tragedy?
As reported by The Washington Post, the 2013 Grassley-Cruz bill would have provided funding for gun-crime prosecutions, school safety as well as mental health. However, because the bill placed no new restrictions on gun ownership for civilians, the amendment failed to make it through the Senate floor, receiving only 52 votes thanks to the filibuster.
For a party that prides itself on its gun-control position, it should be a surprise to liberals that the Democrats stopped this common-sense resolution from being passed.