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Texas Attorney General Wants More Guns In Churches

| by Jordan Smith
Ken Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has called upon more Texans to take guns to church so as to stop mass shootings.

Paxton made the remark during an appearance on Fox News a day after a gunman killed 26 people and injured 20 more when he opened fire during a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Fox host Eric Shawn referred to the fact that the 14-year-old daughter of the pastor was among the dead.

"As a country, what do we do? How can we get our arms around this and stop this insanity?" asked Shawn, according to ThinkProgress.

"All I can say is, you know, in Texas at least we have the opportunity to have concealed-carry, and so if its a place where somebody has the ability to carry, there's always the opportunity that gunman will be taken out before he has the opportunity to kill very many people," answered Paxton.

Shawn questioned him further on this point, asking whether the presence of more guns would not conflict with Christian beliefs.

Paxton acknowledged the tension, but reaffirmed his point of view. He mentioned that some faith communities have resisted the presence of firearms at their services.

"We need to be arming some of the parishioners or the congregation so that they can respond if something like this, when something like this happens again," added Paxton.

The Violence Policy Center found that for every justifiable homicide in 2012 in which a gun was used, criminals carried out 32 homicides with firearms.

ThinkProgress reported on another study which found that owners of firearms are 4.46 percent more likely to be killed in a shooting than the rest of the population. The news site also referred to other countries which have imposed bans on assault weapons, stating that they experience mass shootings much less frequently.

However, Paxton was not the only one to argue that guns were not to blame for the Nov. 5 shooting.

President Donald Trump, speaking from Tokyo, Japan, said that the attack was not "a guns situation," according to The Washington Post.

"I think that mental health is your problem here," added Trump. "Based on preliminary reports, a very deranged individual, a lot of problems for a long period of time."

The shooter has been identified as 26-year-old Devin Kelley, but his mental health state has yet to be confirmed. Kelley was a former member of the Air Force.

Trump also stated that the shooting could have been even more deadly, but "fortunately, somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction."

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