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Ted Cruz Calls For Inaction After School Shooting: ‘Evil is Sadly Always Present’

In response to the teen gunman who killed 17 people in a Parkland, Florida high school, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas — rather than calling for legislative action — resigned that “evil is sadly always present.”

While the suspect was reportedly wielding an AR-15 style semiautomatic rifle, Cruz did not focus on the shooter’s weapon in a Fox News interview this morning. Instead, he talked about the inherent depravity of humankind:

“This horror shouldn’t exist, and we don’t know right now exactly why this deranged individual did this. I’m sure in the days to come we’ll find out more about what his motives were — but whatever they are, they were evil… This could happen anywhere, we have seen that evil could occur whether in Parkland or in a church or central Texas or in schools across the country. Evil is sadly always present.”

What’s more, he began the segment by throwing in the standard thoughts-and-prayers line.

“It is truly heartbreaking and all of us, our prayers are with the families and all of those children who went through that horror,” Cruz said in response to the 17 dead and 14 wounded.

He also attacked the other side of the aisle for their attempt to “politicize” the attack, saying, “The reaction of Democrats to any tragedy is to try to politicize it. So they immediately start calling that we’ve got to take away the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”

Cruz is one of the most pro-Second Amendment senators in Washington, and he touts an A+ rating from the NRA.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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