Republicans have a new response to school shootings: ‘harden those targets’
Following the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school, a number of Republicans have suggested that the best way to prevent such tragedies from happening is to make it harder for gunmen to attack a school, rather than enforcing stricter gun control laws.
On Tuesday, Salvador Ramos opened fire at Robb Primary School in Uvalde, killing 19 children and two adults. Ramos led the attack after legally purchasing two assault rifles shortly after his 18th birthday under a new law Texas passed in September.
The massacre, the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting in Newton, Connecticut, which left 20 children and six adults dead, has once again sparked debate over gun laws in the only country in the world where mass school shootings occur so regularly.
However, a number of Texas officials dismissed the idea that any kind of firearms restriction in response to shooting was necessary, and instead argued that the best course of action was to try to eliminate the men sooner. guns who open fire on school grounds, or make it more difficult. for them to enter.
“We need to reinforce these goals so that no one can ever enter except through one entrance,” Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. Tuesday evening. “Maybe that would help. Maybe that would stop someone.”
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz also dismissed suggestions that gun laws need reform, saying “the single most effective tool to keep children safe” is to station law enforcement officers. armed order on campuses.
“Inevitably, when there’s a murder like this, you see politicians trying to politicize it. You see Democrats and a lot of people in the media whose immediate solution is to try to curtail the constitutional rights of respectful citizens. laws,” Cruz added. . “It does not work.”
Cruz is scheduled to appear at an NRA meeting in Houston this weekend, alongside Governor Gregg Abbott and former President Donald Trump. There are currently no indications that the pro-gun lobby group intends to cancel the event following the school shooting.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also suggested that because law enforcement cannot always react quickly enough to a school shooting, it would be better to have “teachers and other administrators who trained and armed” to try to stop the attacks.
“I think you’re going to have to do more in school, because it’s usually very short periods of time, and you have to have trained people on campus to respond,” Paxton told Newsmax.
Pat Brosnan, a former New York City Police Department detective and frequent Fox News contributor, suggested the school itself needed to be better equipped to prevent people with guns from shooting children.
“We have to set up mantraps”, Brosnan told Sean Hannity. “The Man Traps, a series of interlocking doors at the entrance to the school that are triggered by a tripwire. The tripwire can be a gunshot, broken glass, a manual switch thrown by the employee of the school and he traps the shooter like a rat.
“And when he’s trapped like a rat, we buy time, the most precious commodity these kids can ever get. It’s time to run, hide, get away from this madman and his bullets .
“It’s tripwires, it’s mantraps. It’s not work, it’s not gun control,” Brosnan added.
The former detective made similar calls for schools to be equipped with booby traps to capture gunmen following the 2018 Santa Fe high school shooting that left eight students and two teachers dead.
By comparison, President Joe Biden asked during a White House speech following the Uvalde shooting “when in the name of God are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” and change the country’s gun laws.
“Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen?
Biden added that the Texas law that allowed an 18-year-old to buy two assault weapons was “just plain wrong.”
“What in God’s name do you need an assault weapon for, other than to kill someone?” Biden said.