Texas AG drops truth bomb on gun laws and ‘heroes’ during CNN segment following church shooting

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton slammed the left’s gun control agenda and defended the good guys with guns argument following the church shooting near Fort Worth.

And the notable thing about Paxton’s comments is that they were made on CNN.

(Video: CNN via MRC)

Paxton was not interrupted or shut down during his appearance on “CNN Newsroom” Sunday after armed West Freeway Church of Christ members took down a would-be mass murderer who opened fire on parishioners, leaving two dead before being shot and killed.

The Texas AG praised the “heroic efforts” of the church members, reiterating the importance of having citizens able to defend themselves.

“What I will say is they were heroic efforts. And I have been saying this for years. We need to make sure that people can protect themselves,” Paxton said.  “Oftentimes law enforcement can’t react quickly. They can’t be there in seconds when the shooters are suddenly shooting. And so it really is a remarkable thing the people reacted so quickly. And saved the lives of the other 239 people in the congregation.”

“The citizens who were inside that church undoubtedly saved 242 other parishioners,” Texas Department of Public Safety regional director Jeoff Williams said.

CNN anchor Jessica Dean asked Paxton what else could be done about gun violence as she obviously went on to make a subtle case for gun control.

“I feel we have these conversations over and over again, sadly in this country. What can be done to curb this kind of violence? How do we stop gun violence in the country? What else can be done? You mention there have been other horrific shootings in Texas in this year alone. What can we do to protect people?” she asked.

Paxton admitted that there is no way to stop all of these types of tragedies, adding that there is “no way to predict what” people will do while calling for more efforts in dealing with mental illness. But the former Republican congressman noted how the laws in Texas protecting armed citizens provided the church members with the ability to prevent more deaths.

“But the reality is I think our laws in Texas allow us to protect ourselves. So more people need to carry in our state in our churches, places of business so that if something like this horrible thing does happen, at least we have people that can react and save the lives of those around them,” he said.

The pastor of West Freeway Church expressed his gratitude that laws were in place to allow the church members to carry their firearms.

“What message do you want to send tonight to the people there in White Settlement and people who are going to worship like the people in New York. The Jewish community in New York, who may be afraid right now, of people in Texas who may be afraid to go to church?” Dean asked.

Paxton delivered an uninterrupted defense of the Second Amendment and the right of “citizens to protect themselves,” noting the point that the left never seems to grasp, that more gun laws won’t necessarily stop those who are intent on breaking existing laws anyway.

“I do know there’s always discussion about imposing more gun restrictions. The reality is somebody like this is willing to kill somebody, is unlikely to follow a gun law,” he said.

“So we need to continue to be vigilant and we need to allow our citizens to protect themselves. Exactly what happened today, and I’m so grateful for the quick reaction because what happened in other churches about a year ago, in other places around my state, when people were not armed, we had a lot more people die,” Paxton continued.

“And so I’m really grateful tonight that –  we did lose one person and we had others injured – but we had such a quick reaction,” he said,  “and I’m really grateful for the heroes that were in the church.”

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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