Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) dismissed any new gun control legislation after the Texas elementary school massacre that left 21 people dead, because the “much larger issue” is schools teaching critical race theory and “wokeness.”
During an appearance on Fox Business Network on Thursday, host Neil Cavuto said the shooter, Salvador Ramos legally purchased two assault-style weapons after his 18th birthday.
Cavuto noted that there was no paper trail and no record on Ramos, before asking Johnson if he thought that moving forward “we would require maybe stiffer background checks?”
“You know, no matter what you do, people fall through the cracks,” Johnson answered. “You can’t identify all these problems. You can’t arrest somebody for a crime they haven’t committed yet. These are difficult issues.”
“The solution lies in stronger families, more supportive communities. I would argue renewed faith. We’ve lost that,” Johnson continued. “We stopped teaching values in so many of our schools. Now we’re teaching wokeness. We’re indoctrinating our children with things like CRT, telling some children they’re not equal to others and they’re the cause of other people’s problems.”
Cavuto pushed back telling Johnson “school shootings have been happening long before CRT.”
“Well, I think CRT’s been going on under the radar for quite some time as well, wokeness has been, liberal indoctrination has been,” Johnson replied. “This is a much larger issue than what a simple new gun law’s going to, it’s not going to solve it.”
Critical Race Theory is an academic and legal framework taught in law schools that denotes that systemic racism is part of American society. The once obscure academic concept has been at the center of Republicans’ culture war surrounding schools as they oppose lessons on diversity and equality. Several GOP-led state legislatures have banned it from K-12 schools even though it isn’t taught in those schools.