After Tuesday’s Uvalde school shooting, Republican congressmen are calling for a return for God in opposition to tougher gun control laws, saying the tragedy is the result of “decades of rejection of good moral values.”
The mass shooting in Texas killed 14 children and a teacher after an 18-year-old gunman stormed Robb Elementary School, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday. The suspect, identified as Salvador Ramos, who is believed to have acted alone, was killed by police.
The devastating news renewed Democrats’ push for gun control legislation, but members of the GOP insisted on Tuesday that gun laws were not responsible for the fatal shooting.
“Our nation needs to take a serious look at the state of mental health today. Sometimes medication can be the problem. America is failing our youngest generations because they have rejected good moral values and teachings for decades,” said GOP Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted. “We don’t need more gun control. We must return to God.”
“It’s time to arm the teachers and bring prayer back to our public schools,” said Republican Congressman Jackson Lahmeyer echoed on twitter.
As Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy left the Senate on Tuesday, he called statements by Republicans blaming the shooting on a national mental health crisis “bulls**t.”
“Spare me the bulls**t about mental illness. We have no more mental illnesses than any other country in the world,” Murphy told reporters. “You can’t explain this through the prism of insanity because we’re not an outlier in insanity. We are an outlier when it comes to access to firearms.”
During an impassioned speech from the floor, Murphy said, “It’s not inevitable. These kids weren’t unlucky. That’s only happening in this country and nowhere else. Nowhere else do little kids go to school thinking they might get shot like this one day.”
“I understand that my fellow Republicans will not agree with everything that I may support, but there is common ground that we can find,” Murphy said of gun control legislation. “There is one place we can reach an agreement, which might not guarantee American will never see a mass shooting again … but if we do something, at least we’ll stop sending that silent message of affirmation to these killers.”
Tuesday’s shooting is the second-deadliest school shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting that killed 20 children and six adults at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school.
The deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook was the 2014 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 students dead.
https://www.newsweek.com/republicans-call-return-god-prayer-after-uvalde-school-shooting-1709815 Republicans call for return to God, prayer after Uvalde school shooting