VIDEO: Security guards take out man & activist, Benjamin Hernandez, who heckled and confronted governor Ted Cruz at restaurant following death of children at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt

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Saturday, May 28, 2022

VIDEO: Security guards take out man & activist, Benjamin Hernandez, who heckled and confronted governor Ted Cruz at restaurant following death of children at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Security guards have taken out man, Hernandez, who heckled and confronted governor Ted Cruz at restaurant following death of children at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. 

Before removed from the restaurant, he was heard yelling these words: “19 children died! That’s on your hands! Ted Cruz, that’s on your hands!” 

Cruz was at a restaurant after speaking at the National Rifle Association (NRA) 2022 annual convention in Houston, Texas, and posed for a photograph with activist Benjamin Hernandez – at which point Hernandez confronted him about his stance on gun rights in the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, in which a gunman killed 19 children and two adults.

In the clip, posted by Indivisible Houston, Hernandez then quizzes Cruz on gun control measures -- including asking why Cruz does not support further background checks.

"We can make it harder for people to get guns in this country, sir," he says. "You know that, but you stand here, you stand at the NRA convention, it is harder when there are more guns to stop gun violence."

Cruz accused the man of combining "ignorance and hatred."

"You don’t know what you're talking about," he says in the clip. The man, Benjamin Hernandez, told HuffPost that he was in Houston because his digital advertising company was livestreaming the protests staged outside the NRA convention. When he saw Cruz walk into the same restaurant where he was having dinner, Hernandez said, he thought, “Oh, hell no.”

“A couple of days ago, I had caught that clip of Beto [O’Rourke] confronting [Texas Gov. Greg] Abbott, and I wrote something to the effect of, ‘Confront all these hypocritical assholes like Beto did.’ And it’s really easy to tweet, right?” Hernandez told HuffPost. “But then two days later, Ted Cruz is walking in this space where I am, and it’s like, OK, I have to go talk to him now.”

Although other Republican lawmakers dropped out of the NRA event after the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Cruz kept his scheduled appearance, delivering a speech where he argued guns were not to blame for the deadly incident.

At the restaurant, Hernandez pretended to pose for a picture with his arm around Cruz while a friend began surreptitiously recording a video that captured him turning to Cruz to talk about gun policy after the fake photo.

“You know, I would encourage you ― I gave about a half-hour speech today at the NRA convention ― I encourage you to watch it,” Cruz can be heard responding.

Hernandez, speaking quickly, implores him to explain his stance on gun control in the wake of the Uvalde shooting where 19 children and two adult teachers were killed.

“Background checks ― is that so hard?” he says.

Cruz glances back at the person filming, appearing to realize what’s going on, then tells Hernandez, “OK, you don’t want to listen.” Hernandez then stops speaking, allowing Cruz to say that Democrats’ proposals, which he did not define, would not have stopped the shooter. Eighteen-year-old Salvador Ramos, who died at the scene, waited until his birthday to legally purchase two AR-15 rifles and more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition.

Hernandez then tells Cruz: “You can make it harder for people to get guns in this country. You know that. You know that. But you stand here, you stand at the NRA convention ― it is harder, it is harder when there are more guns to stop gun violence.”

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