In the wake of the violent gun massacre at a San Antonio church last Sunday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton reaffirmed that the best way to stop events like these from spiraling out of control is to allow more would-be victims the right to arm themselves.
The Independent of London has a predictably faux-outrage stance over all of this:
Hours after worst massacre at a place of worship in American history, the Texas Attorney General did the unthinkable.
The Attorney General of Texas has urged more people to carry guns to church in the wake of a mass shooting in a Texas church which killed at least 26 people and left around 20 injured.
The article recounts Paxton’s appearance on Fox New, where he was asked what the country can do to “get our arms around this and stop this insanity?”
On camera, Paxton replied:
The only thing I know, because you can’t necessarily keep guns out of the hands of people who are going to violate the law. All I can say is that in Texas at least we have the opportunity to have concealed carry. And so if it’s a place where somebody has the ability to carry, there’s always the opportunity that the gunman will be taken out before he has the opportunity to kill very many people.
Paxton went on to elaborate that, “We need in churches . . . at least arming some of the parishioners or the congregation so that they can respond if something like this, when something like this happens again.”
The Independent dismisses NRA’s tally of defensive uses of firearms as ‘entirely fake’
The Independent dismisses this all, veering from reporting on Paxton, and the massacre, into editorializing on the National Rifle Association and its web site documenting occasions in which citizens stop of crime.
The NRA’s tally of this happening millions of time per year, says the Independent, “is entirely fake and defensive use remains infrequent.”
But supporting Paxton’s point is that the Texas shooter was eventually stopped by armed National Rifle Association member Stephen Willeford. The shooter was hit with Willeford’s bullets twice before eventually taking his own life with a shot to the head. According to Grant Stinchfield of the NRA television network, Willeford used his NRA training to conceal himself and find a flat platform to fire off shots at the attacker.
Paxton’s, and the NRA’s point, remains clear: No matter what gun control measures are enacted, the only certain way for citizens to remain safe is to arm themselves.
(Texas Attorney General Kenneth Paxton (2nd R) speaks to members of the media as Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller (R) listens in front of the U.S. Supreme Court April 18, 2016, in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of United States v. Texas, which challenged President Obama’s 2014 executive actions on immigration. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images.)