Cruz informs Chicago mayor her gun argument ‘doesn’t hold water’ in second-round Twitter spat

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Sen. Ted Cruz took Chicago’s mayor back to school on the issue of gun control after she blasted him and “coward Republicans” she blamed for decades of violence and crime.

The Texas Republican told Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot that her “anger is misplaced” in a string of tweets on Tuesday, responding to her attack on his criticism of the Democrat-run city as an example of why “disarming law-abiding citizens isn’t the answer.”

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The war of words began when Cruz tweeted that “gun control doesn’t work” and used Chicago to make his point, following a report that over two dozen people had been shot in the kick off to the Labor Day weekend.

“Stopping violent criminals—prosecuting & getting them off the street—BEFORE they commit more violent crimes is the most effective way to reduce murder rates,” Cruz tweeted Monday. “Let’s protect our citizens.”

Lightfoot fired back, complete with visual aide, asserting that “60 percent of illegal firearms recovered in Chicago come from outside IL—mostly from states dominated by coward Republicans like you who refuse to enact commonsense gun legislation.”

“Keep our name out of your mouth,” the newly elected mayor told Cruz.

The Texas senator, fresh from accepting actress Alyssa Milano’s challenge to meet up and discuss gun control and the Second Amendment, took Lightfoot on journey through facts and figures.

Linking to a 2018 USA Today article listing the top U.S. cities for homicides and that decades of Democratic rule and “aggressive gun control policies” have done little to alleviate the numbers.

“Your explanation (“blame Indiana!”) doesn’t hold water,” Cruz tweeted.

The GOP lawmaker suggested Lightfoot “put aside the partisan talking points” and have a serious look at the effect of decades of “failed gun-control policies.”

To drive home his point, Cruz retweeted a post by talk show host Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo who accused the Democrat of being “disconnected.”

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Lightfoot came back swinging, accusing Cruz of trying to score a political point while offending people in his home state of Texas where some of the recent mass shootings have taken place.

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The Democrat mayor also responded directly to Cruz on Twitter, telling him to “do your job.”

Lightfoot’s grandstanding included an invitation to the senator to “come to Chicago.”

So far, Cruz had the last word in the Twitter battle as he responded Wednesday morning.

Cruz made his point to the mayor by linking to a story on a six-time convicted felon who was told by a Cook County judge that he didn’t need to worry about paying the reduced bail set at $100,000 for multiple gun charges. The judge then set him free on electronic monitoring.


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