NRA-funded Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) defense of gun rights following two mass shootings in less than a week drew fierce condemnation on Twitter Tuesday.

“Every time there’s a shooting, we play this ridiculous theater where this committee gets together and proposes a bunch of laws that would do nothing to stop these murders,” Cruz told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

“What happens in this committee after every mass shooting is Democrats propose taking away guns from law-abiding citizens, because that’s their political objective,” he added. “But what they propose, not only does it not reduce crime, it makes it worse.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during gun violence hearing:“Every time there’s a shooting, we play this ridiculous theater … Democrats propose taking away guns from law-abiding citizens … it makes it worse.” pic.twitter.com/yXUHsiOPhq

— The Recount (@therecount) March 23, 2021

Critics pointed out two elements of Cruz’s pushback on gun law reform that appeared to neutralize his argument ― namely when he said “every time there’s a shooting” and “after every mass shooting.”

According to CNN, there have been seven mass shootings in the United States in the last week, including highly publicized mass murders — Tuesday’s attack on Atlanta-area massage parlors that left eight people dead, and the killing of 10 people Monday at a Kings Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.

When your monologue needs to start with the phrase “every time there’s a shooting…” you should probably recognise the seriousness and scale of the problem. https://t.co/hZuWJ8qzin

— Matt Timblin (@matt_timblin) March 23, 2021

Those mutton chops are ridiculous theater.Gun violence is the leading cause of premature death in the U.S. killing at least 38,000 people a year & injuring 85,000. We need gun reform NOW. https://t.co/ByX4mYYIoB

— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) March 23, 2021

Perhaps we shouldn't be taking public safety advice from a senator who helped incite a deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. https://t.co/iqmwvzDAog

— Robert Reich (@RBReich) March 23, 2021

Every time there's a shootingEvery time There's a shootingEvery timeThere's a shooting every time https://t.co/qPqm7YFlng

— Jon Spaihts (@jonspaihts) March 24, 2021

Did you say “every time there’s a shooting”?!! Is that really how you want to start your defense of guns?!! You being so tone deaf and uttering “every time” says more about the subject matter than anything you said afterwards! @tedcruz @SenTedCruz is a national embarrassment! https://t.co/BcYePtPWkT

— Brian Fitzgerald (@TheThingRadio) March 23, 2021

"how DARE people make mass shootings about guns?!" -ted cruz https://t.co/QLFTb6agBl

— Kelli Boyle (@kellixboyle) March 24, 2021

After sixteen people were killed in a hot air balloon in Lockhart, Texas, Ted Cruz authored and passed federal legislation improving safety rules. I guess that's not because laws don't work, but because there's no hot air balloon lobby funding his Senate seat. #txlege https://t.co/X4N8k24YnE

— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 23, 2021

Can we ship Ted Cruz to Cancun permanently and call it a fucking day.

— Amy Lynn ✡️🍭🌊 (@AmyAThatcher) March 23, 2021

We have two countries, one that mourns the shootings and one that uses them to go on Fox News and fundraise thru 2A lies and racist fear mongering like Ted Cruz just did. One that wears masks and vaccinates and one that cries freedom, while making ignorance a rallying cry.

— NoelCaslerComedy (@CaslerNoel) March 24, 2021

Ted Cruz spent a week outraged about Dr Seuss but shrugs off the murder of 10 innocent bystanders. GOP priorities …

— Mark Gray (@rich29uk) March 23, 2021

Ted Cruz: "I don't apologize for thoughts or prayers" for shooting victims Shove your worthless thoughts and prayers up your ass Ted!#GunReformNow #RepublicansAreKillingUs pic.twitter.com/9LWaHw6bY3

— LA From GA Resists 🌊🌎💙 (@LALewman) March 23, 2021

Ted Cruz’ rant that “Democrats hate prayer” because we want more than thoughts & prayers after mass shootings is as close as I’ve ever come to punching my television.

— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) March 24, 2021

Ted Cruz will go down as one of, if not *the* most worthless, self-serving, unnecessarily partisan politicians of all time. He is truly as despicable as they come, seemingly tripping over himself to do or say the worst thing imaginable at any given turn. https://t.co/Qs0JYgzvJG

— Bro Salah (@andrewtothemoon) March 24, 2021

For those keeping score: Ted Cruz will defend: Insurrectionists, Assault Weapons, Canned GoodsTed Cruz will not defend or will throw under the bus: Democracy, His Wife, His kids https://t.co/UprgZIhFwr

— Emily Brandwin (@CIAspygirl) March 24, 2021

Just a genuinely bad human being. https://t.co/2kpEDlHQYy

— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 24, 2021

“Every time there’s a shooting” is definitely a phrase to start your defense of guns https://t.co/qS9jDtIpjJ

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