Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a former U.S. Navy SEAL and decorated war hero, wasn’t up for allowing his party to take the blame for the horrific mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
In an interview Sunday with CNN’s Dana Bash, the Texas Republican and veteran pointed out that the gun control measures the network’s anchor and Democrats are pushing would not have made any difference.
“A lot of these policies that I think the Democrats often propose that are gun control policies, they do two things. One, they infringe on the rights of millions and millions of gun owners. And two, they probably wouldn’t have the outcome that you’re hoping for,” Crenshaw argued.
“So if you’re not going to get the benefit that you want but it’s going to come at great cost that generally means it’s not a very great policy,” he added.
Earlier in the interview, Crenshaw suggested that the best way to respond in the aftermath is to focus on options for school security that can have the most immediate change.
“What needs to change is the things that would have the most immediate and succinct effect,” he proposed, adding that hardening security in schools, such as police officers on campus and protected entry points, would do the most good.
Crenshaw also said another potential solution that could be agreed on would be the background check system for firearms.
“So maybe a solution we could agree on would be our background check system. Again, he went through a background check. So the problem isn’t that a red flag law could have solved this. It doesn’t seem clear that would have happened. The problem is that the background check didn’t capture the full story of this person,” he claimed.
The Daily Wire adds:
The Texas representative noted that Republicans have proposed background check laws to improve the system, but Democrats appear to be more focused on gun control.
The gunman in the Uvalde, Texas, shooting at Robb Elementary School reportedly purchased two rifles shortly after his 18th birthday and passed a background check.
The mass shooting ended the lives of 19 children and two teachers on Tuesday. The shooter was killed by a nearby Border Patrol officer who responded to the call for help.
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