After a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, Friday morning, where between eight and ten people were killed, CBS News interviewed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is a gun rights advocate. The interviewer resorted to the usual media attack, slamming Paxton for responding to the terrible event by offering thoughts and prayers.
The interviewer stated, “You tweeted out that your thoughts and prayers were with the victims, and just sort of being online, you’re getting a lot of reaction for that. You know, thoughts and prayers, we hear that every time there’s a shooting. And you have been a gun rights advocate; you’ve supported carrying guns on university campuses, even churches. How do you respond to people saying ‘Something’s gotta be done? Our children need to be safe, in of all places, their schools.’”
Paxton refused to buy into the idea of some gun control advocates that guns should be outlawed, saying, “Well, I couldn’t agree more; it’s the method of doing that that there may be some disagreement on. People like this are not going to follow gun regulations; law-abiding citizens will. And so disarming law-abiding citizens doesn’t actually protect our children; it puts them at a greater risk.”
Then Paxton continued by pointing out, “The more we regulate, the more time we lose and the more people we’re going to lose. So I would prefer to have people in place to protect our children, not leave it open for somebody who’s not going to follow a gun law to come in and kill as many children as they want to.”
Paxton’s response was perfect. There are ways to avoid future school massacres. Passing more laws for murderous thugs to break is not one of them.
Every school needs beefed-up armed security. Every parent needs to lock up his or her guns so their deranged children can’t use them, as was the case in Texas. But sadly, there aren’t enough laws to be passed, security to be installed, or officers to be in place to address the real problem – bad people do bad things.
And sadly, we have a lot of bad people in the world. And they aren’t much for obeying our old laws. My guess is they won’t be too impressed with new laws, either.