Texas Attorney General to Fox News: Churches Should Arm Parishioners or Hire Security

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In the wake of Sunday's shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which left 26 dead, the media is once again debating the need for stronger gun control laws.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

But for one guest on Fox News, there is no debate—because new gun control laws, he feels, wouldn't help. "You can't necessarily keep guns out of the hands of people who are going to violate the law," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Tea Party Republican, declared on Sunday during Fox News' breaking coverage of the massacre. "If someone is willing to kill someone, they're also going to be willing to violate a gun law."

So what should be done? Paxton suggests more guns in churches. "We've had shootings at churches for, you know, forever," he continued. "It's gonna happen again, so, you know, we need people in churches who [are], you know, professional security, or at least arming some of the parishioners or the congregation so they can respond if something like this—when something like this happens again."

Related: "The Air Force airman believed to be behind Sunday's mass shooting in Texas was a registered security guard who worked at a nearby water park," the New York Post reports.

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