After the state’s second mass shooting in a month left eight people dead — including the shooter — and 19 injured in West Texas, an East Texas lawmaker took to Twitter to adamantly assert that he would not support any new gun restrictions.
On Saturday, Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, tweeted that “Godless depraved hearts” were the “root of the problem.” An hour later, he began a thread in which he called for no “red flag” laws or bans on AR-15 rifles and high capacity magazines. He also said there should not be mandatory gun buyback policies.
“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. 2/6— 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
The tweets have since received thousands of responses, including public figures such as Piers Morgan, Soledad O’Brien, John Legend and Matthew Dowd. Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, said, “This is why America has a 25 times higher rate of gun homicide than any other high income country.”