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Monday, November 6, 2017

Texas Attorney General: I Would Rather Arm Citizens Than Increase Gun Control

“There are laws against murder, and this guy violated the laws against murder,” Paxton said. “So adding some other gun law would not, I don’t think, in any way change this guy’s behavior”


Amid demands for more gun control in the aftermath of Sunday’s mass shooting at a church in Sutherland, Texas, the state’s attorney general said Monday that he “would rather arm law-abiding citizens” to prevent such incidents than pass laws that would prevent people from owning firearms.
During an appearance on Fox News with host Brian Kilmeade, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, said he did not believe passing additional gun laws would have stopped suspected shooter Devin Kelley, who allegedly killed 26 people and left roughly 20 more injured at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland.


CNN reported that Kelley served in the U.S. Air Force at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico beginning in 2010, according to Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek.
In 2012, Kelley faced a court martial for two counts alleging assault on his wife and child. After being convicted, Kelley served 12 months in custody, had his rank reduced and was given a bad conduct discharge in 2014, the Los Angeles Times reported.

In light of Kelley’s behavior in the Air Force, Paxton questioned his right to own a firearm.
“It’s not clear to me that he wasn’t already prevented from having a gun, given his history in the military,” Paxton said.
Paxton contended that lawfully armed citizens might have saved lives in Sunday’s shooting.
“What ultimately may have saved some lives is two people that were outside the church that actually had guns that may have slowed this guy down and actually pursued him,” he said.