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Greg Abbott and Ted Cruz slated to speak at Texas NRA rally days after grade school massacre

Brian Niemietz, New York Daily News on

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Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego had choice words for Cruz Tuesday — some of which started with the letter F.

“F--k your prayers,” he tweeted. “They haven’t worked for the last 20 mass shootings how about passing laws that will stop these killings.”

To make sure he wasn’t misunderstood, Gallego, an Iraq War veteran, directed two more similarly worded tweets at Cruz, one of which accused the right-wing anti-abortion advocate of prioritizing the preservation of fetuses over the lives of grade school students.

“You care about a fetus but you will let our children get slaughtered,” he added. “Just get your a-- to Cancun. You are useless.”

Cruz famously fled Texas for the warm weather of Cancun, Mexico, in the winter of 2021 when a snowstorm left millions of Texans without power.


This isn’t the first time the NRA has found itself hosting an awkwardly located rally in the aftermath of a massacre resulting from gun violence. In 1999, the organization hosted a gathering in Denver just days after 13 people were killed at Colorado’s Columbine High School. That rally was met with protests.

Tuesday’s violence in Texas comes just 10 days after an 18-year-old gunman in Buffalo, N.Y., allegedly shot and killed 10 people on May 14.


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