Uvalde, Texas – In many ways, the United States has always stood out as an exception to much of the world, especially when it comes to gun culture. After the latest mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, which left 19 children and two adults dead, foreign observers are once again wondering if the United States is ready to accede to its arms approach. by assault.
This was highlighted at a vigil in Uvalde on Wednesday when British journalist Mark Stone took the opportunity to ask Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., about whether to expect further restrictions on firearms.
Cruz, one of the most vocal opponents of gun control, first expressed his condolences to the families of the Robb Elementary School victims and mourned their loss. But when Stone weighed in on whether now was the right time to reform gun laws, Cruz nodded, saying it was “easy to get into politics” in the aftermath. of tragedies.
But when Stone, who works as a US correspondent for Sky News, championed the importance of discussing whether to consider gun reforms, Cruz got defensive.
Cruz initially dismissed the issue of scrutiny as misdirection from media commentators and the Democratic Party. He called congressional Democrats’ reform proposals opportunistic and futile efforts to thwart future mass shootings.
“If you want to stop violent crime, the Democrats’ proposals, none of them would have stopped that,” Cruz said.
Stone replied that many people “around the world” simply cannot understand why the worst mass shootings are concentrated in the United States.
“Why is this American exceptionalism so horrible? asked Stone.
Cruz bristled at the question, “You know, I’m sorry you think American exceptionalism is awful.”
Stone said “this aspect” of American exceptionalism was horrifying in his eyes, prompting Cruz to accuse the correspondent of possessing a “political agenda.” He then placed his hands on Stone’s shoulders and said “Gold loves you” before attempting to walk away.
After Cruz, Stone and another reporter asked why Cruz refused to answer their question about American exceptionalism and why it was the “only country that made this kind of mass shooting possible”.
Turning to Stone, Cruz replied, “Why do people come from all over the world to America? Because it’s the freest, most prosperous and safest country in the world,” he said, pointing to Stone.
With the shooting in Uvalde, the United States has now seen around 27 school shootings in 2022. This comes just over a week after a gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, which killed 10 black Americans.
By contrast, in Stone’s native UK, mass shootings similar to Uvalde’s are extremely rare. After a mass shooting in Scotland in 1996, the British government enacted stricter gun control measures that severely restricted access to firearms.