Texas Governor: ‘The Problem is Not Guns, It’s Hearts Without God’

May 21, 2018

By Michael Stone

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.

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6 comments on “Texas Governor: ‘The Problem is Not Guns, It’s Hearts Without God’

  • @OP – 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.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44187718

    Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, has been charged with murder after surrendering to police. He later admitted “to shooting multiple people”. He allegedly used a shotgun and a revolver taken from his father, who legally owned the weapons.

    Dan Patrick is a well-known proponent of gun ownership. He has advocated carrying weapons openly and concealed in Texas – and reiterated some of his views on Sunday, too.

    He told CNN’s State of the Union programme that restricting school entrances and arming more teachers could reduce such incidents.

    “When you’re facing someone who’s an active shooter, the best way to take that shooter down is with a gun.
    But even better than that is four to five guns to one,” Mr Patrick said.

    Challenged over gun ownership that made it so deadly in the US – unlike in other countries that had the same social challenge – Mr Patrick said: “Guns stop crimes.”

    Yep – all those legally owned, carried and stored, guns stop crimes (allegedly) – just like Dimitrios Pagourtzis’ father’s legally owned guns did in this case! Strange how these mass shootings and gun crimes occur most often in countries with high levels of gun ownership!

    Arming more teachers could help tackle gunmen targeting students if there were “four to five guns to one”, a senior Texan official has said.

    Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick was speaking two days after 10 people were killed at the Santa Fe High School, which had an armed guard.

    Commenting on this sort of mealy-mouthed delusional politician, the police chief had something to say!

    “I know some have strong feelings about gun rights but I want you to know I’ve hit rock bottom and I am not interested in your views as it pertains to this issue.
    Please do not post anything about guns aren’t the problem and there’s little we can do,” [police] Chief Acevedo said in his Facebook post.

    “This isn’t a time for prayers, and study and inaction, it’s a time for prayers, action and the asking of God’s forgiveness for our inaction (especially the elected officials that ran to the cameras today, acted in a solemn manner, called for prayers, and will once again do absolutely nothing),” he added.

    I think the police chief has competently summed up the feckless NRA apologist stooge officials, who like to pretend god is going to deal with the gun problem for them, while they sit in denial and obstruct regulatory actions to solve the problems of too many guns, reckless gun sales and owners, and inappropriate access to guns!



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  • But even better than that is four to five guns to one,” Mr Patrick
    said.

    What a delusional lunatic this Patrick fellow is. In a recent article in The Atlantic written by Jeffrey Toobin, he elaborates that ‘Dan Patrick, suggested that the problem may be that high schools have too many doors. “Had there been one single entrance possibly for every student, maybe [the shooter] would have been stopped.”’ Toobin mentioned some of the immediately obvious problems with such a silly notion such as escape routes during fires, etc.

    But yes, he really said that. Too many doors. Because it’s not a school shooting, in his mind it’s a school dooring. For recreation do these people open up their skulls and compare the pretty rocks in them?



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  • Steven007 #2
    May 21, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    But yes, he really said that. Too many doors. Because it’s not a school shooting, in his mind it’s a school dooring.

    We must remember that these NRA apologists are fearful creatures, who usually live elite existences in their little Faux-News bubble behind locked security gates, which keep out the “gun-toting peasants and criminals” who have provided them with profits from gun sales or other rip-offs!

    http://www.dickslockandsafe.com/gated-communities

    As with the robber barons of old, the burning of peasant villages is OK as collateral damage in disputes, , but castles must have a limited number of fortified doors and men-at-arms, to protect ELITE families! 🙂



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  • If this is a “door ” problem, it must be a carpenters fault. And the builder who hired the carpenters.
    Also the architect who designed this problem building. He was never taught to only design all buildings with one entrance and exit.
    And since he wasn’t taught correctly, it must be the College’s fault for not teaching him to do something that dangerous and stupid.
    See what the Fire Dept says about the safety of that.
    A fire occurs and it takes how many minutes to move 15 hundred kids through one door?



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  • alf1200 #5
    May 21, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    A fire occurs and it takes how many minutes to move 15 hundred kids through one door?

    . . . . . and of course if the shooter wears a suicide vest or has automatic weapons, a single door should produce a really dense crowd – ready to be attacked or panicked into a lethal stampede!

    Rational thinking is clearly NOT a feature of NRA apologists!



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