Sen. Ron Johnson is facing criticism online after he linked “wakeness” and critical race theory (CRT) to school shootings on Thursday.
During an interview on Fox News, host Neil Cavuto noted that the suspected shooter in the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, this week killed 21 people, including 19 college students, having bought his two guns legally.
“Do you think that might require stricter background checks?” Cavuto asked Johnson, who is a Republican from Wisconsin.
“No matter what you do, people fall through the cracks,” Johnson replied. “You can’t identify all these problems, you can’t arrest someone for a crime they haven’t already committed. These are difficult problems but again the solution lies in stronger families, more supportive communities, I would argue that faith is renewed. We lost that.”
The senator added: “We have stopped teaching values in so many of our schools. Now we teach awakening. We indoctrinate our children with things like [critical race theory]by telling some children that they are not the same as others and that they are the cause of other people’s problems. “
Cavuto then reminded Johnson that school shootings “happened long before CRT and Awakening.”
“I find [critical race theory] has also been under the radar for quite some time, was awakening, was liberal indoctrination. That’s a much bigger problem than a simple new gun law — it won’t solve it,” Johnson replied.
Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers called the senator’s comments “breathtaking” on Friday. Wisconsin State Journal and pointed to a 2019 survey by Marquette University Law School that found 80 percent of Wisconsin residents support expanded background checks for gun sales.
“First of all, for him to say something like that is in direct contradiction to what the people of Wisconsin want, and frankly, it doesn’t make any … sense,” the governor said, according to the newspaper.
In response to the interview, Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, tweeted: “No @SenRonJohnson, My daughter Jaime did not die from wakefulness or CRT. Your comments may be the most stupid and pathetic but try to explain this… I’m Jaime’s father and I won’t stop until you’re fired.
“Senile Senator Ron Johnson is confusing the topics of conversation and blaming the Critical Race Theory for the Uvalde massacre,” wrote John Anthony Castro, a Republican candidate running for president in 2024, on Twitter.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, tweeted, “And of course there’s the worst of all: DISNEY.”
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has targeted Disney with legislation in recent months after the company opposed what critics called the “Don’t Say Gay” law.
Rep. Mark Pocan, a Wisconsin Democrat, called Johnson’s comments on Fox News “appalling.”
“Mass shootings have nothing to do with ‘liberal indoctrination’. It’s about access to guns. period,” he tweeted.
news week has reached out to Johnson’s office for comment.
A spokesman for Johnson said that Wisconsin State Journal that “the Senator did not hold CRT responsible for mass shootings”. The spokesman also said that “the senator has endorsed a number of common sense improvements to background checks and gun laws.”
Speaking at a National Rifle Association (NRA) conference Friday in Houston, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem defended gun rights and criticized “waking up mobs.”
“We saw the same kind of radical mob mentality on the streets of American cities that swept through Paris in the 1790s,” she said. “Awakened mobs tear down statues, and it doesn’t matter who they are. Our founding fathers, Catholic missionaries. They even wanted to come to Mt. Rushmore. Well, not under my supervision.”
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