CNN’s Chris Cuomo tried to corner Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) over his slippery remarks about gun control, and it was kind of like watching a dog chasing a jackrabbit. As soon as Cuomo asked a particularly prickly question, Cruz would dash off in a different direction on some other tangent.
The senator, long known as a cagey debater, having just won his state’s primary on Tuesday night, appeared Wednesday morning on CNN’s New Day where he didn’t find the going quite so easy. Cuomo pressed him for actual facts.
The CNN host wanted to know why wouldn’t Cruz state his position on certain gun control measures, like banning bump stocks and ensuring background checks covering all gun sales?
Cruz responded by claiming that gun control focuses on law-abiding citizens and added that “it doesn’t work.”
“How do you know it doesn’t work?” Cuomo said.
Cruz tried to counter that by saying that the places where gun control is prevalent are the places where most gun-related deaths occur.
“The places with the toughest gun control laws, cities like Chicago, Washington, D.C., they almost invariably have the highest crime rates, the highest murder rates,” he said.
Cuomo cornered him on that one.
“No, that’s not true,” he said. “The Giffords Center analysis says that states that have the strictest gun control laws have the lowest rates of gun deaths. Just as a recent example, look at Connecticut, look how they brought the numbers down.”
Cruz retorted, saying Cuomo was “citing sources from a partisan source that is not reliable.”
“Where are you citing from? The NRA?” Cuomo fired back.
That was followed by brief silence on Cruz’s part. Then they were at it again, debating the whether background checks should be strengthened and the gun legislation measure recently introduced by Cruz and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
But whether Cruz likes it or not, Cuomo is correct when he says the number of deaths caused by guns has dropped in Connecticut. That doesn’t hold true for much of the rest of the U.S., where gun-related deaths have risen by 17 percent during the past decade, WNPR reports. An analysis by the Gun Violence Policy Center (GVP) corroborates this.
And the number of deaths due to guns in this state has dropped because it has enacted strict gun laws.
“Connecticut had a very strong base of gun laws for decades,” noted Kristen Rand, legislator of the GVP. “And then after the tragedy at Sandy Hook, Connecticut was really the leader in responding with smart improvements to your gun laws. So Connecticut has always been at the forefront and you’re reaping the benefits.”
But Cruz is undeterred by facts. Could this possibly be due to one rather important fact — that he received more than $360,727 from the NRA in just 2016 alone?
You can watch the interview in this video.
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