In response to Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz's comments in the wake of the Uvalde school shooting that left 19 students and two teachers dead, several dozen Texas teachers, school employees and union officials organized a protest outside Cruz's office in downtown Austin on Tuesday afternoon, chanting “shame on you," the San Antonio Express-News reports.
As the Express-News points out, the protesters also called for safer classrooms, tighter gun regulation policies and a pushback against rhetoric promoting the arming of teachers in classrooms.
“Educators are here to teach, not to police,” said Zeph Capo, the Texas chapter president of the American Federation of Teachers.
\u201cMembers of the Texas chapter of the American Federation of Teachers march through downtown Austin to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz\u2019s Office calling for \u201csensible gun control.\u201d #AFT #teachers #TedCruz #UvaldeMassacre\u201d— MelanieTorre (@MelanieTorre) 1654018439
After the shooting, Cruz has focused on increasing security in schools and dismissed proposals for increased regulations on guns and gun purchases.
“The elites who dominate our culture, tell us that firearms lie at the root of the problem,” Cruz said in a Friday speech at the National Rifle Association conference in Houston. “It’s a lot easier to moralize about guns and to shriek about those you disagree with politically, but it’s never been about guns.”
According to Cruz, anyone looking to increase restrictions on gun is trying to "disarm America."