Ten dead and ten injured in a high school shooting, but Texas Governor Greg Abbott believes “the problem is not guns, it’s hearts without God.”
Calling Friday’s shooting “one of the most heinous attacks that we’ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott told reporters Friday that ten people died after the shooting at Santa Fe High School, a Houston-area high school.
More on Abbott’s statement via CNBC
The governor said the suspect had a shotgun and .38 revolver, which appeared to be legally owned by the suspect’s father. He says explosive devices including a molotov cocktail that had been found in the suspected shooter’s home and a vehicle as well as around the school and nearby.
The governor says the suspect said he originally intended to commit suicide but gave himself up and told authorities that he didn’t have the courage to take his own life.
While Abbott did mention the importance of mental health care in his statement, he said little about the dangerous epidemic of gun violence plaguing the nation’s schools.
However, previously Abbott has made it clear where he stands when it comes to gun violence. At the NRA convention in Dallas earlier this month, the Texas governor said religion and the Second Amendment are the best ways to curb gun violence and mass shootings.
According to a report via the Texas Observer, Abbott made a brief speech at the NRA convention, at one point declaring:
The answer to gun violence is not to take guns away, the answer is to strengthen the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. The problem is not guns, it’s hearts without God.
Last year, after a horrific gun massacre in a rural Texas church, Abbott claimed that prayer and “working with God” was the only way to prevent mass shooting events.
In a deplorable bit of pandering the Texas governor said that the proper response to a mass shooting is to confront evil through prayer and forge “a stronger connection to God.”
At the time, Governor Abbott said:
We have evil that occurs in this world, whether it be a terrorist who uses a truck to mow down bikers in New York City, whether it be a terrorist who uses bombs or knives to stab people, or other terrorist who use vehicles, whether it be in Nice, France, or any other place in the entire world, who mow down people.
And I’m going to use the words of the citizens of Sutherland Springs themselves, and that is, they want to work together for love to overcome evil, and you do that by working with God.
Bottom line: Texas Governor Abbott is a dangerous religious extremist who believes guns aren’t the problem, instead he blames “hearts without God,” and claims that “a stronger connection to God” is the solution to gun violence.