To the sound of Rocky’s Theme Song Gonna Fly Now, Senator Ted Cruz was warmly welcomed by the conservative crowd at a GOP convention for speaking out in support of the Second Amendment and scorning gun responsibility for the mass killings that continue to occur around the country.
While his colleague, Senator John Cornyn, was booed at the same event during his Friday speech, Cruz was received to cheers and applause. The only difference is that Cornyn was very lightly pointing to a type of gun regulation, something not at all tolerated by the more radical members of the party.
GOP members and politicians are constantly walking a tightrope: they have to prove they are as conservative as possible at all times. A single comment or a different opinion, or agreeing even partially with everything the other party says could end badly.
The clearest example is that of George P. Bush: since his family had a dispute with Donald Trump, he is no longer considered a true Republican, cataloged as a RINO (Republican In Name Only). It looks like Conryn’s speech on Friday could send him into similar territory.
In fact, Cornyn isn’t even against guns or the Second Amendment. He just said he thinks children shouldn’t go to school for fear of being shot at any time and that there should be measures to stop people who are mentally ill or unstable from buying guns fire. After all, current Texas gun laws allowed the Uvalde shooter to legally purchase two assault rifles on his 18th birthday.
“I will in no way support new restrictions for law-abiding gun owners,” Cornyn said. “That will always be my red line. And despite what some of you may have heard, the framework we are working on is consistent with that red line.
Even when he insisted he did not allow President Biden to bring change to gun owners, the crowd always shouted things like “No red flags”, “Don’t take our guns” and “Stop”, with boos.
When Senator Ted Cruz took the stage, everyone was delighted with his words. He is one of the few to attend the National Rifle Association convention in Houston just days after a young adult ended the lives of 19 children and 2 teachers with legally purchased guns.
He refuses to acknowledge the correlation between loose gun regulations and the violence experienced in American schools and public spaces. It seems like the right tactic to stay among the most radical members of the GOP.
“The Democrats’ response is to come out and try to take away Second Amendment rights from law-abiding citizens,” Cruz said of the Democratic Party’s response to the mass shootings. ” It does not work. It doesn’t make people safer and it’s unconstitutional.
As Cornyn sweated, trying to get on the good side of the crowd, Cruz laughed and made jokes about the Democrats without caring about the world, and called out the “morons” in the media who criticize him.
In addition to mocking those who want to regulate guns in the country, he also praised the prominent new red wave emerging in Latino communities and Latino-dominated states and counties. He claimed the GOP would take the three districts they are targeting put the house in red. According to him, that would send House Speaker Nancy Pelosi packing her bags.
“Every stupid thing that comes out of this White House,” Cruz continued, “part of me is grieving. But part of me is quietly celebrating, because it speeds up the process of…bringing this country back.
He also praised Cassy Garcia, Republican candidate for Congress from South Texas, calling her a rockstar and destined to win the next election, one of the steps to turning the House bright red.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick also made an appearance and agreed with all of Ted Cruz’s points. He even mentioned Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, who is very pro-gun regulation.
“We can’t have Beto O’Rourke and the social left, the gun grab, funding abortion, raising taxes, funding thugs, funding the police, the green new deal , the cry of fossil fuels, the promotion of the drag queen and the opening of the borders bunch of idiots running the state of Texas,” said Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, receiving thunderous applause from the audience.
Even though Ted Cruz and Patrick are generally criticized by the media for their insensitive comments regarding gun violence, this line of thinking still works for their party supporters. If they dare to stray from the narrative, they could lose their platform.
Republicans are standing firm with their claims: They will do everything in their power to keep their guns in good working order, even at the expense of the elementary school kids who are dying from those guns.