Texan Senator Ted Cruz lost his patience with British journalist Mark Stone, who kept on asking why America is the center of mass shootings; blaming “American exceptionalism,” even though the United States’ violent crime rate is going down, and has been going down for decades.
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Sky News’ reporter Mark Stone confronted Ted Cruz just after the Texan Senator had finished a press conference, asking “Is this the moment to reform gun laws?”
Cruz responded by saying “You know, it’s easy to go into politics,” Stone then fired back by saying “But it’s important. It’s at the heart of the issue.”
Cruz responded by saying “I get that that’s where the media likes to go,” then the reporter came back again and responded “But it’s not. It’s where many of the people we’ve talked to here like to go.”
Cruz again tried to answer Stone’s question before being interrupted, claiming that “The proposals from Democrats and the media inevitably, when some violent psychopath murders people —” .
Stone then injected with “A violent psychopath is able to get a weapon so easily,” then adding “an Eighteen-year old with two AR-15s.”
Cruz tried yet again to answer the question, stating “If you want to stop violent crime, the proposals the Democrats have — none of them would have stopped this.”
“But why does this only happen in your country?” Stone asked, then going on to say “I really think that’s what many people around the world, just — they cannot fathom why only in America? Why is this American exceptionalism so awful?”
Cruz replied with “You know, I’m sorry you think American exceptionalism is awful.”
“This aspect of it. This aspect of it,” the reporter repeated, walking back the statement somewhat.
“You know what? You’ve got your political agenda. God love you,” Cruz responded, beginning to walk away from the.
The reporter would not back down and let it go; he continued to go after Cruz, stating “I just want to understand why you do not think that guns are the problem. It is just an American problem, sir.”
Then another reporter jumped into the heated exchange and shouted “Mr. Cruz, why is America the only country that faces this kind of mass shooting?” while Stone kept on yelling “You can’t answer that”.
Cruz, clearly frustrated, returned to Stone and said “Why is it that people come from all over the world to America? Because it’s the freest, most prosperous, safest country on Earth.”
Cruz finally finished by saying “And stop being a propagandist.”
Violent crime has been going down in the United States; according to the National Crime Victimization Survey, violent crime has been declining steadily since the early 1990s. There have been very minor increases in the past few years associated with violent crimes; which have mainly taken place in larger metropolitan areas, but these increases are linked to gang activity.
According to FBI statistics, violent crime has gone down by 49% in the United States during the period 1993-2019. Even when compared to other countries such as Brazil and Mexico, the United States has homicide rates that are far lower than those countries previously mentioned: both nations have homicide rates that are six times higher than that of the United States. Brazil passed a statute on disarmament in 2005, and this did not stop the crime epidemic that sweeps the nation to this day, nor has it prevented unauthorized access to firearms. Across the world, what can be seen is that gun control laws don't reduce overall crime - they make it worse.
In recent years, Europe has been witnessing an increasing number of public mass shootings, in Norway, France, the United Kingdom, and other terrorist attacks are taking place as well: these can be linked to the E.U.’s open border policy and increasing immigration trends. The November 2015 Paris terror attacks were the most tragic and devastating attacks in France’s post-World War Two history. One hundred and thirty-one defesenless people were executed by islamist terrorists who were armed with illegally obtained Kalashnikov’s. Nowadays, gun crime and crime in general are becoming commonplace in Europe, the Charlie Hebdo massacre and other countless terrorist attacks are affecting the socio-political environment of Europe.
A mass shooting took place in the United Kingdom on August 12th, 2021, when Jake Davison killed shot and killed five people, and injured two others, before committing suicide with the legally acquired shotgun in his possession at the time. In 2017, Jake Davison’s father told the Police that he did not think that his son should be allowed to possess a shotgun due to his mental state before being granted a license in 2018; however, the Police failed to act. Even more warning signs were ignored by the Police when the perpetrator’s license was temporarily revoked following an allegation of assault - only to be reissued to Davison after he successfully completed an anger management course.
Today, the United Kingdom has one of the strictest gun control laws in the world and one has to go through several hoops in order to be able to obtain a firearm. Despite all of these restrictions, the United Kingdom has one of the highest crime rates in Europe with stabbings increasing over time. In 2017, the city of London overtook New York in terms of crime. After its ban on handguns following the Dunblane massacre in 1997, the country saw a spike in crimes committed with handguns until five years later when its police force increased their personnel by 18%; which is a significant increase: as a result crimes plummeted - but crimes were lower before the ban went into effect.