After a bulk shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, left 26 individuals dead Sunday, state Attorney Common Ken Paxton suggested that organizations have to decide to either allow guns or hire private security to protect against future carnage.
âIn Texas, you have to actually post, if youâre a church, telling people not to carry guns â otherwise you could carry a gun,â Paxton said on âFox & Friendsâ Monday.
He continued: âI think we need to look at that, because I think we need to have churches, schools, businesses start thinking about their policies â because obviously we canât have first responders at every location â and so they need to think about whether they want private security or whether they want to make sure that some of their own people are armed to prevent this from happening again.â
Texas penal code enables property owners to post signs banning possibly concealed or openly carried weaponry on site. It was not instantly clear if First Baptist Cathedral, where the massacre took place, discouraged or even banned congregants from bringing weaponry on the property.
Although two equipped men did pursue the gunman, 26-year-old Devin Kelly, during their rampage, neither were attending the particular church at the time. It was not clear regardless of whether he was killed by all of them or by a self-inflicted gunshot injury.
Paxton suggested even more explicitly upon Sunday that churchgoers arm on their own. When asked by Fox Information how to âstop this insanity,â Paxton responded, âAs far as what we can do in the future, I mean, the only thing I know, because you canât necessarily keep guns out of the hands of people who are going to violate the law.â
âIf somebodyâs willing to kill someone, theyâre also going to be willing to violate a gun law,â he continued. âAnd all I can say is that in Texas at least we have the opportunity to have concealed carry. And so if itâs a place where somebody has the ability to carry, thereâs always the opportunity that the gunman will be taken out before he has the opportunity to kill very many people.â
The Sutherland Suspension systems shooting is believed to be the deadliest shooting at a house of praise in U. S. history, and it is the deadliest shooting in Tx history, the stateâs Gov. Greg Abbott said Sunday. Police stated the victims ranged from 18 weeks to 77 years old.