According to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the solution to school shootings is fewer doors and more guns.
After 19 children and two teachers were killed at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday by a man armed with an assault rifle, the state senator suggested schools would be safer if there were no only one way in or out.
“One of the things that everyone agreed on is that there aren’t all these unlocked doors. Having a door in and out of school and having … armed police at that door,” he told Fox News on Wednesday.
Armed police were at the door fairly quickly, thanks to several 911 calls. These officers shot the shooter and still did not prevent the deaths of these 21 victims.
“If that had happened,” Cruz said, “if those federal grants had gone to that school, when that psychopath showed up, the armed cops could have gotten him out. And we’d have 19 kids and two teachers still alive. .
He accused Democrats calling for gun reform of “empty political posture” after a tragedy, then immediately complained that Democrats had blocked legislation he introduced nearly a decade ago that would would spend $300 million in federal grants to “strengthen schools to make them safer” with upgrades like bulletproof doors, bulletproof glass and armed police.
The United States has far more mass shootings than any other developed country, some of the loosest controls over who can buy guns and what kinds of guns are allowed.
Republican lawmakers have repeatedly called for enhanced security and sanity resources to protect children from mass shootings, even as data has repeatedly shown the United States is an exception when it comes to weapons fire, not mental health or school safety.
House Democrats and some Republicans have passed two bills that would tighten regulations on gun sales by expanding background checks — moves that consistently draw support from a majority of Americans in polls . But the legislation has stalled due to resistance from Senate Republicans, many of whom receive huge campaign support from gun lobbyists.
Cruz, for example, received nearly $750,000 during his tenure, according to campaign fundraising tracker Open Secrets.
His proposal to reduce doors instead of guns met with immediate backlash online. See the reaction below.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.