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Watch: Texas Attorney General suggests arming teachers after 15 shot and killed at elementary school
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton called for arming teachers and "doing more at the school" to prevent school mass shootings, immediately after14 elementary school students and one teacher were shot and killed in Uvalde, Texas.
Paxton, who is in a tight re-election primary runoff race, was speaking to a Newsmax host who noted that Texas is "not a stranger to shootings."
"Yes, sadly, this has happened again, and it's a horrible tragedy," Paxton said, after being asked what efforts have been talked about or taken to prevent school shootings.
"Having one point of entry, making it more difficult for people even to get in that point of entry, and having, potentially, teachers and other administrators who have gone through training and who are armed because first responders typically can't get there in time to prevent a shooting. This is just not possible unless you have a police officer on every campus, which for a lot of these schools is almost impossible. So I think you're gonna have to do more at the school because it typically involves very short periods of time and you have to have people trained on campus to react."
The host talked about hardening schools "so they're not easy prey for crazy people who go nuts with firearms."
Defending his call for people to be armed Paxton went on to say people who are "not following murder laws" are "not going to follow gun laws."
President Joe Biden arrived at the White House at 7:18 PM ET Tuesday evening after a five day trip to Asia. About 75 minutes later he stood before television cameras in the Roosevelt Room and asked America, "When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?"
As the President made his way on Air Force One back to the United States he was confronted with the news that multiple elementary school children – first reported as two, then 14, and now 18 – along with at least one teacher, had been gunned down in yet another mass shooting, this time at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
“I’d hoped, when I became president, I would not have to do this again. Another massacre at a Texas elementary school. Beautiful, innocent second, third, fourth graders,” President Biden, clearly emotional and choked up, announced. “As a nation, we have to ask: When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When, in God’s name, will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?””
Just ten days earlier a gunman, an avowed white supremacist and antisemite, shot and killed 10 Black people in a local Buffalo grocery store.
“I am sick and tired of it. We have to act. And don’t tell me we can’t have an impact on this carnage,” he said. “For God’s sake, we have to have the courage to stand up to the industry.”
President Biden added, “if an 18-year-old can walk into a gun store and buy two assault weapons, it’s just wrong. What in God’s name do you need an assault weapon for except to kill someone? Deer aren’t running through the forests with kevlar vests on, for God’s sake. It’s just sick.”
"Why are we willing to live with this carnage?"
Pres. Biden: “As a nation, we have to ask: When, in God’s name, are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When, in God’s name, will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?” https://t.co/AAqNDbY83f pic.twitter.com/YNfzMdmf0e
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 25, 2022
In the wake of yet another horrific mass shooting at an elementary school, Fox News guests have been pitching new ways to keep children safe -- but none of them involve limiting American citizens' access to deadly firearms.
As The Daily Beast reports, former FBI agent Maureen O’Connell told Fox News' Bret Baier on Tuesday that it may be time to provide armed security at every school across the country, and also to give children equipment to protect themselves.
"Instead of parents buying their kids all these tools and toys and games, invest in the classroom to make it safer," she said, and then floated the idea of buying "blankets that you can put up on the wall that are colorful and beautiful—but they’re ballistic blankets."
Fox News host Sean Hannity, meanwhile, suggested militarizing elementary schools with armed security.
“People -- retired military, retired law enforcement -- outside the perimeter of every school in the country, they can donate their time, we can offer them tax breaks, no income tax in the state, no income tax federally, 10 hours a week and we can have every school in America covered,” Hannity said. “People around the perimeter, people in the halls, first responders there — we don’t have to worry about police response times.”
Other nations that have experienced horrific mass shootings, including Norway and Australia, responded by implementing strict controls on access to firearms and have not experienced any such incidents since.