In the wake of the Santa Fe High School shooting Friday, Texas officials are blaming anything but the guns.
The country has reached a new low in the ongoing saga of gun violence and school shootings.
After 10 people were killed in a Santa Fe High School shooting Friday, Texas lawmakers and officials have placed the blame on literally everything but the guns.
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has come out saying that the shooting is the result of architectural deficiencies, specifically, he thinks there are too many entrances and exits in school buildings.
“We may have to look at the design of our schools, moving forward, and retrofitting schools that are already built. And what I mean by that is, there are too many entrances and too many exits to our over 8,000 campuses in Texas. Over 8,000 campuses. There aren’t enough people to put a guard at every entrance and exit. You would be talking 25,000, 30,000, 40,000 people.”
Patrick also referenced Israeli security practices, saying: “You know, the Israelis believe in – in detect and deter and deny. We don’t do a very good job of that in our schools.”
In a classic case of deflection and distraction, Patrick also tried to blame the tragedy on a lack of social morality brought about by the allowance of abortions and the popularity of violent video games.
“We have 50 million abortions. We have families that are broken apart, no fathers at home. We have incredible heinous violence as a game, two hours a day in front of their eyes. And we stand here and we wonder why this happens to certain students.”
Of course, the “Thoughts & Prayers” dialogue wouldn’t be complete without bringing up religion in schools:
“We have devalued life in this country. We threw God out of school.”
And finally, no self-respecting, red-blooded gun-owner could walk away from this conversation without suggesting that we use even more guns by arming teachers:
“We have to arm our teachers. … If another person has a gun, the best way to stop that person is with another person with a gun. But an even better way is four people with a gun to stop that person.”
Until our lawmakers make the choice to root themselves in reality rather than fantasy and acknowledge the epidemic that is plaguing our country and our children, these shootings will continue to happen.
The year 2018 has already proven to be more deadly for U.S. schoolchildren than it has been for U.S. military service members.
What are our soldiers fighting and dying for abroad if we can’t protect our own children at home?