Speaking with the hosts of Fox & Friends on Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Democrats need to stop using mass shootings to push for gun control. Cruz also said that victims of the mass shooting at a church in his home state last year told him not to regulate guns.
The Texas Republican recalled travelling to Sutherland Springs, Texas, after a deadly mass shooting at a church there last year.
"When I was at the hospital with the victims, with the victims' families, over and over again what they said to me in Texas – they said gun control is not the answer here," Cruz said.
Democrats across the board did in fact return to the issue of gun regulation following Wednesday's school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead and others wounded.
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) urged members of Congress on Wednesday to "find the courage" to pass legislation addressing gun violence. Giffords emerged as an outspoken advocate for tighter gun control laws after she was shot and critically injured in 2011.
"Even in our grief, we must summon the courage to fight against this fear. We must find the courage to imagine a country where these massacres do not occur," she wrote on Twitter. "Our leaders must find the courage to escape the confines of their politics & pursue the moral necessity of peace & safety."
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) addressed President Donald Trump personally after the incident: