On Saturday, there was a shooting in Odessa, Texas, where an unnamed man opened fire at a traffic light and killed seven people, injuring dozens more. The Hill reports that the weapon was an AR-type weapon. This follows on the heels of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, earlier in August where 21 people were killed. The very next day, laws loosening restrictions on gun control went into effect in the state, with the support of Texas Governor Greg Abbott and, of course, the NRA.
It’s a common refrain for elected officials to offer “thoughts and prayers” in the wake of a tragedy, especially associated with gun violence. This has become a point of frustration for gun control activists who say they don’t need prayers, they need action. Apparently, conservatives have heard this complaint, and one Texas representative named Matt Schaefer has come forward to adamantly state that thoughts and prayers is the only thing you’ll ever be getting from him.
“Do something!’ is the statement we keep hearing. As an elected official with a vote in Austin, let me tell you what I am NOT going to do,” he began in a wild Twitter rant.
“Do something!” is the statement we keep hearing. As an elected official with a vote in Austin, let me tell you what I am NOT going to do. 1/6— Matt Schaefer (@RepMattSchaefer) September 1, 2019
“I am NOT going to use the evil acts of a handful of people to diminish the God-given rights of my fellow Texans. Period. None of these so-called gun-control solutions will work to stop a person with evil intent,” he wrote.
“I say NO to ‘red flag’ pre-crime laws,” Schaefer added, referring to laws that make it easier for people with recorded mental health issues from buying firearms. “NO to universal background checks. NO to bans on AR-15s, or high capacity magazines. NO to mandatory gun buybacks.”
Basically, no to anything that would make anyone remotely safer.
I say NO to “red flag” pre-crime laws. NO to universal background checks. NO to bans on AR-15s, or high capacity magazines. NO to mandatory gun buybacks. 3/6— Matt Schaefer (@RepMattSchaefer) September 1, 2019
YES to supporting our public schools. YES to giving every law-abiding single mom the right to carry a handgun to protect her and her kids without permission from the state, and the same for all other law-abiding Texans of age. 5/6— Matt Schaefer (@RepMattSchaefer) September 1, 2019
YES to your God-given, constitutionally protected rights. YES to God, and NO to more government intrusions. 6/6
— Matt Schaefer (@RepMattSchaefer) September 1, 2019
So what will he do?
“YES to praying for victims. YES to praying for protection. YES to praying that God would transform the hearts of people with evil intent. YES to fathers not leaving their wives and children. YES to discipline in the homes,” Schaefer declared, adding he wants single moms to be able to carry handguns, because their man can’t do it for them. Overall, he seems to want a war zone where everyone is shooting at each other, as his God intended.
Schaefer is getting ratio-ed pretty hard, but he doesn’t seem like a guy who is open to reason or conversation. But people make some good points:
Here you go, John 3:17— ErikHitoshi (@TheOlsgaard) September 2, 2019
"And in addition to eternal life they shall also have the biggest, most badass guns in the whole world like for example a .50 cal desert eagle I mean just imagine how sick that would look it'd probably even scare the devil away."
So well said!👍👍👍— Lisa Brown (@Celebration02) September 2, 2019
the nra edition— the.abhiram.r (@theabhiramr) September 2, 2019
Not to mention, there is no CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to own a firearm, let alone some "God given" right.— GSHARP (@whoisgsharp) September 2, 2019
“Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword.” Matthew 26:52 (NIV)
— Lisette HOM (@LisetteVogel) September 2, 2019
It seems like Schaefer is serving the NRA here, not the Lord. Which makes sense, because God doesn’t give campaign contributions.