The Daily Wire’s Candace Owens clapped back at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tuesday after the self-avowed ‘democratic socialist’ from New York made a patently false claim online in regards to the tragic murders of nearly two dozen grade-school children and teachers in Uvalde, Texas.
The lawmaker’s remarks came on the heels of an 18-year-old male storming Robb Elementary School Tuesday afternoon and opening fire, killing at least 19 children before a U.S. Border Patrol agent reportedly rushed into the building and killed him.
“There is no such thing as being ‘pro-life’ while supporting laws that let children be shot in their schools, elders in grocery stores, worshippers in their houses of faith, survivors by abusers, or anyone in a crowded place,” Ocasio-Cortez claimed on Twitter. “It is an idolatry of violence. And it must end.”
Owens wasted little time in responding.
“Name the law you are referring to,” Owens wrote. “What United States law, specifically, ‘lets children be shot in their schools’.”
“You won’t name it because it doesn’t exist,” Owens added. “You are shameless, bought-and-paid for politician, standing on the bodies of dead children to score political points.”
Name the law you are referring to. What United States law, specifically, “lets children be shot in their schools”.
You won’t name it because it doesn’t exist.
You are shameless, bought-and-paid for politician, standing on the bodies of dead children to score political points. https://t.co/3IzlAcVvmH
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) May 25, 2022
Ocasio-Cortez also faced widespread criticism and condemnation from others online.
“If in each of these cases, even the strictest of laws was BROKEN, what makes you think that more laws will fix the problem?” journalist Kristi Leigh noted.
Political strategist Arthur Schwartz wrote: “That school was a gun free zone under state and federal law, galaxy brain.”
“You would make it so that schools couldn’t hire police,” political commentator Mike Cernovich added. “No one needs to hear from you. You don’t even take care of your Abeulea.”
National Review Senior Writer Dan McLaughlin said, “AOC whatabouting herself into saying the intentional death of 63 million children is just a statistic.”
“Fact check: False. Criminal laws don’t allow the shooting of children or any other innocent citizen,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton noted. “Pro-lifers want to extend protection of the law to the lives of unborn human beings.”
It turns out that the school itself had an extensive security system in place already, according to Fox News.
UCISD’s website states that the district has “proponents to curb and/or eliminate” elements of” violence, vandalism, disruptions and fear” in its schools to “provide a safe and secure environment for all.”
Fox News notes:
Those proponents include four officers, including a chief, a detective and two officers within the school district; partnerships with local law enforcement agencies; security staff that patrols door entrances and parking lots at secondary campuses; case managers and social workers on UCISD campuses; licensed counselors; threat assessment teams; social media threat monitoring; a visitor management security system; canine detection services; motion detectors and alarm systems; perimeter fencing at Robb and other schools; security vestibules and outside buzz-in systems; security cameras; a locked classroom door policy; staff and student training; and a threat reporting system.
The district states that it uses a service called Social Sentinel “to monitor all social media with a connection to Uvalde as a measure to identify any possible threats that might be made against students and or staff within the school district.”
The protocols also encourage “[s]tudents, parents, staff, and community members are encouraged to share information that is deemed troubling” with the district using a reporting system” so that it can “take appropriate action.”