Last Sunday a new massacre with firearms took place in the United States. A man broke into a church in Texas and ended with the lives of 26 people. A new case that comes to add to a black year in the country. The response of the attorney general? Carry weapons in the church .
This is what Ken Paxton, the state attorney general, has told Fox News. The man firmly believes that the answer to avoid this type of tragedy is that the parishioners go to their centers with weapons. According to Paxton:
“All I can say is, you know, 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 gunman will be taken out before he has the opportunity to kill very many people.”
After the response, the Fox News anchor, Eric Shawn, pressed Paxton by pointing out that carrying a gun while “praying to the Lord” are two “diametrically opposite concepts.”
However, the Paxton remained in his position.
He agreed that carrying a gun to church can seem unnatural and that’s why many people don’t do it. (Some faith communities in Texas have also actively resisted efforts to allow guns in places of worship.) But, Paxton argued, 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.”
According to Paxton, the only way to prevent gun violence is for “good guys” with guns to intervene. But the “good guy with a gun” theory is not supported by research.
A comprehensive study by Violence Policy Center found that weapons “are rarely used to kill criminals or stop crimes .” In fact, in 2012, ” for every justifiable homicide in the United States related to a weapon, weapons were used in 32 criminal homicides ,” the research concluded.
This is not the only research on this topic. In another recent study from the University of Pennsylvania, it was found that the owners of weapon are up to 4.46 times more likely to be shot in an assault.
That’s why the response from a public office like Paxton’s is amazing. After the recent massacres in Las Vegas or Texas, the attorney general urges citizens not to forget the gun at home when they go to church.