His observation essentially was that the solution to the problem of mass shootings is to arm oneself. That's what lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino reports on Abovethelaw.com.
A tragedy such as that at First Baptist Church brings out plenty of crackpot comments. However, Paxton's is downright dangerous.
In fact, research by the Violence Policy Center found that guns rarely prevent or stop crimes. Here you can read that study, which Rubino provides a link to.
What large-scale possession of guns does do is create distance among people. That's exactly what's not a positive development during this era of extreme polarization.
Arizona mirrors Texas in having plenty of gun owners residing. Many leave the gun out in the open such as on the dashboard of the car or on a low shelf in the kitchen. The 27 months I bunked in AZ, you bet I steered clear of those who kept guns on display. My fear was I could set off rage by saying the wrong thing or being misunderstood.
Had it not been for the guns we human beings could have probably bonded - and had some productive conversations about crime.
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