Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg slammed the idea that school shootings in the United States could be blamed on the designs of buildings or doorways on Sunday.
Buttigieg made the comments on ABC‘s This Week less than two weeks after 19 children and two teachers were killed in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Following the attack, several prominent Republicans denied that the country’s gun laws are to blame, and instead argued that schools have too many entrances and exits.
Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticized schools for having too many entrances and exits. “Have one door into and out of the school and have that one door, armed police officers at that door,” Cruz argued. “If that had happened, if those federal grants had gone to this school, when that psychopath arrived, the armed police officers could have taken him out and we would have 19 children and two teachers still alive.”
Buttigieg responded to such claims, saying: “The idea that us, being the only developed country where this happens routinely, especially in terms of the mass shootings, is somehow a result of the design of the doorways on our school buildings is the definition of insanity, if not the definition of denial.”
Buttigieg was asked about what he would to do resolve the problem if he were still the mayor of South Bend. “Well, the worst part of the job of being mayor is talking to families of people who have lost their loved ones and knowing that nothing you can do will bring those loved ones back,” Buttigieg told Stephanopoulos.
Buttigieg also said there is “a horrific scourge of gun violence in this country,” adding that “every mayor is doing around the country, you take the steps that you can to reduce community violence, to invest in partnerships, to make sure that you’ve taken the steps you can locally.”
“But you’re also looking at Washington to say ‘Will anything be different this time?’ Will we actually acknowledge the reasons why we are the only country, the only developed country where this happens on a routine basis?” he asked.
“And the idea that us being the only developed country where this happens routinely, especially in terms of the mass shootings, is somehow a result of the design of the doorways on our school buildings, is the definition of insanity if not the definition of denial,” he said.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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