Ted Cruz didn't change mind due to photo, nor should he

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Sen. Ted Cruz has been a staunch supporter of gun rights for quite some time. This despite his near-constant bombardment by many trying to bully him into changing his position, which is something to be celebrated.

However, the pressure to try and get him to switch his stance on guns has ramped up following the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

Now, it seems Huffington Post is very upset that a photo of one of the victims didn’t change Cruz’s mind. This is obvious from a headline like, “Ted Cruz Won’t Change Gun Control Stance After Seeing Pic Of Dead Uvalde Victim.

The sight of a 10-year-old Uvalde school shooting victim allegedly won’t change Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) stance on an assault weapons ban.

Kimberly Mata-Rubio, the mother of Alexandria Aniyah “Lexi” Rubio — who was among the 19 students and two teachers killed in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in May — tweeted that she and her husband Felix met with Cruz on Wednesday to discuss gun legislation.

Mata-Rubio, whose daughter was described as a “driven, athletic, intelligent and fun” fourth grader, wrote on Twitter that she shared the last photo of Lexi with Cruz. The photo showed her daughter, Lexi, in a child-sized casket.

Mata-Rubio said she asked Cruz to “protect his constituents” by supporting a federal assault weapons ban.

“He declined,” Mata-Rubio wrote. “Instead, he said he supports increasing law enforcement presence on school campuses.”

Honestly, why wouldn’t he decline?

Look, Cruz has been on record for a while for his opposition to gun control. Why would a photo, no matter how horrible, change that?

See, Mata-Rubio is like a lot of other people who genuinely believe that folks on this side of the debate actually think gun control works and are just being stubborn. Why else flash a photo of a dead child at Cruz, then be surprised when he doesn’t change a long-held position?

The truth is, though, that a law enforcement presence at Robb Elementary that day may have saved a whole lot of lives. A good guy with a gun can meet the threat of a bad guy with one. If that had happened that day, 19 students and two teachers would still be alive right now.

A photograph won’t change that.

Look, I can’t even imagine what Mata-Rubio is going through. My own losses are nothing like losing a child and I won’t pretend they’re even close.

However, that loss and pain doesn’t change reality.

Good guys with guns will stop mass shooters, not gun control.

Sen. Ted Cruz recognizes this and I respect him holding that line, even in the face of a parent who wants to use their slain child to pressure the senator into supporting gun control policies that would have done nothing.

Yet it won’t stop the media from thinking that it should have changed his mind.

Again, when you don’t bother to understand what the other side wants, you fall into this trap of thinking something like this should force a change time and time again.

It won’t and it shouldn’t.