Mile-long bus museum honoring children killed by gun violence heads to Ted Cruz's Texas home Favorite 



Jul 14 2022


Houston, Texas

Article written by Katy Barber:
A mile-long procession of school buses are headed to Sen. Ted Cruz's home in Houston on Thursday, July 14.
Thursday's roll-out is the official start of The Yellow Bus Project and Cruz's house is the first stop for the NRA Children's Museum, which is coordinated by Change the Ref, according to a Facebook post. Change the Ref is a non-profit aimed at spotlighting mass shooting awareness and reducing the NRA's public influence, started by artist Manuel Oliver and his wife Patricia. The Oliver's son Joaquin died in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“To commemorate this horrific historic moment, we are showing American voters the toll these politicians have taken on our children's lives with this all-too-real archive,” Manuel said in a press release. “And this is only the beginning. We will not stop with Sen. Ted Cruz. To every politician who has stood by, taken NRA money, and refused to listen to the people they represent: the museum is on the way to honor you next.”
The 52 yellow school buses will be empty and the 4,368 empty seats are meant to honor the number of children killed by gun violence in the last two years. The bus at the front of the procession will include a display from the NRA Children's Museum, filled with photos, videos, audio recordings, and personal memories of the children who have died from gun violence since 2020.
Change the Ref said that Cruz will also receive "a gift" when the procession arrives: a letter written in 2013 by Joaquin when he was 12 years old.
"Dear U.S. gun owner, I am writing this letter to talk to you about how were [sic] going to solve this gun law movement. Most of you have a problem with the idea of a universal back round [sic] check. Why are you mad that there's a back round [sic] check it's for your own good maybe you are fond of having crazy people with death machines. You shouldn't have anything against back round checks [sic] if you're innocent. Thank you, Joaquin Coral Springs."
The NRA Children's Museum said they chose Cruz's home as the inaugural location for the procession because he is the top recipient of funding from gun lobbyists in Texas. An earlier press release said the museum would go to Cruz's office. MySA has requested clarification about the number of stops on Thursday.
“We want to display, for the voters who keep these politicians in office, the consequences of those choices. We want voters to remember which politicians are in the pocket of the NRA when they visit the polls in November,” Patricia said in a press release. “We urge everyone to join us in our mission to fight for every innocent soul lost to gun violence and to demand universal background checks on gun sales.”
Manuel was in the national spotlight earlier this week after he interrupted President Joe Biden at a news conference on Monday, July 11.

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