Texas Republican’s Rant About Prayer Being The Only Solution For Gun Violence Causes Backlash On Twitter

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.

“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.

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:

It seems like Schaefer is serving the NRA here, not the Lord. Which makes sense, because God doesn’t give campaign contributions.