June 26, 2022

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Activist confronts Ted Cruz at Houston restaurant after NRA conference appearance

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The confrontation happened hours after the junior senator delivered remarks at the NRA’s Houston event.  

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 27, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 27, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

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Sen. Ted Cruz was confronted by an activist about the Uvalde school shooting on Friday following his speech at the National Rifle Association Convention in Houston. Benjamin Hernandez, board member of progressive advocacy group Indivisible Houston, confronted Cruz about his stance on gun control measures in wake of the elementary school mass shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead.

The interaction with Cruz reportedly happened at Uptown Sushi in Houston hours after the junior senator gave a speech to NRA members. In his speech Cruz blamed the Uvalde tragedy on a culture of absent fathers and moral decay, and stated “good guys” with guns were the answer to mass shootings. A two-minute clip posted by Indivisible Houston on Twitter and Facebook, Hernandez poses for a photo with Cruz before challenging the junior senator about his unwillingness to consider gun reforms. 

“Can you tell me why you can’t support stronger gun laws in this country?” Hernandez questions Cruz in the video. “What about background checks?”

Cruz first accused Hernandez of not wanting to listen to him and then claimed that gun control laws Democrats want to pass “wouldn’t have stopped this mass murder” and that “background checks wouldn’t have stopped this shooter.” As the back-and-forth between the two men escalated, Hernandez was eventually approached by security and escorted out.

“Why does this keep happening?” Hernandez yelled as he was dragged away. “And why did you come here to the convention to take blood money? Why, when 19 children died? That’s on your hands. That is on your hands. Ted Cruz, that’s on your hands.”

Earlier in the day, Hernandez had joined thousands at a protest in Discovery Green calling for the cancellation of the NRA’s event. From the protest, Hernandez tweeted: “It’s time to take action on protecting citizens over firearms.”

As the clip of his confrontation with Cruz gained steam on social media, Hernandez tweeted “Challenge them every single time. Don’t stop until they do something.”


Cruz was also pressed by a reporter from Sky News earlier this week who questioned why mass shootings, like the one in Uvalde, only happen in America. Cruz accused the reporter of being a “propagandist” and ultimately walked away. 



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