Cruz blasts NYC newspaper for 'prayer shaming'

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Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzJuan Williams: When WikiLeaks leaked my cell number 56 memorable moments from a wild presidential race Is Georgia turning blue? MORE (R-Texas) on Saturday blasted the New York Daily News for "prayer shaming" and scoffed at The New York Times for a front page editorial on gun control. 

During a speech in Iowa, the GOP presidential candidate called out the newspapers for their front pages following the shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., that left 14 dead and dozens wounded, and which is now being investigated as terrorism. 

"The left's immediate reaction to radical Islamic terrorists, like kittens with their eyes closed, is not to go after the bad guys, but immediately to try to seize the guns of law abiding citizens," Cruz said. 

The New York Daily News used a headline "God isn't fixing this" after the shooting, which scolded Republicans for offering "platitudes" and prayer rather than tougher gun control. 

"They've invented a new term for that, they call it now prayer shaming. Well let me tell the Democrats. Let me tell the mainstream media. Although I repeat myself, There has never been a time in the history of this country that we needed prayer more," Cruz said of the Daily News cover. 

He also criticized The New York Times, which ran a front page editorial on Saturday titled "the gun epidemic" — the first time an editorial made page one since the 1920s.

"Let me tell the editors of the Times something," he said. "You don't stop the bad guys by taking away our guns. You stop the bad guys by using our guns."