Ted Cruz said school shootings could be prevented if they had armed guards, like in banks. That aged badly after the fatal Louisville bank shooting.

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  • Ted Cruz said stationing armed police in schools like they do in banks would help stop school shootings.

  • On March 30, Cruz proposed that children with guns should be protected like bank deposits are.

  • On April 10, a gunman opened fire on a bench in Kentucky, killing at least five people.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz proposed a solution to school shootings: There should be as many armed police officers in schools as there are in banks.

Less than two weeks later, a shooter in Kentucky opened fire on a benchAt least five people were killed and eight others injured.

“You know, when you go to the bank and put money in the bank, there are armed police officers at the bank. Why? Because we want to protect the money we save. Why on earth do we protect a stupid deposit more than our kids?” Cruz said on 30.03.

“We now have an opportunity to double the number of police officers on campus and keep the kids safe,” Cruz added.

He echoed the sentiment in a March 31 tweet.

Cruz proposed bill to school safety he has pushed was for months blocked in Senate on March 30th.

The senator’s insistence that banks are paragons of safety came just days before a The 25-year-old bank employee opened fire on his colleagues.

Cruz has made far-reaching proposals in the past on how to stop gun violence.

After Shooting spree at the Uvalde schoolwhere a gunman killed 21 peopleCruz came up with a bizarre idea for preventing school shootings: having a “single point of entry” in schools.

“Emergency exits should only open. At that single point of entry, we should have several armed police officers or, if necessary, military veterans who are trained to keep our children safe and secure,” Cruz said in an interview with FoxNewspublished on 27.

So was Cruz booed at a September festival in Austin after his comments on gun legislation. At the festival, Cruz suggested that violence “is really the only thing” that helps stop violence – a common, right-wing topic of conversation often brought out by the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Cruz is also an NRA-friendly GOP politician. Days after the shooting in Uvalde, Cruz refused to cancel his appearance at the organization’s leadership conference in Houston. He justifies his decision said CBS News that the NRA “stands for your rights, stands for my rights, and stands for the rights of every American.”

Texas has the highest firearm-related death rate of any state — 4,164 firearm-related deaths in 2020 — according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cruz officials did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comments sent outside of regular business hours.

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