A leading gun control activist blamed a weekend church shooting in Texas on a state law, which permits licensed gun owners to carry firearms in places of worship.
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, slammed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for his reaction to a Sunday shooting in White Settlement.
"I was planning to murder churchgoers during the service, but it's against the law to take a gun into church, so my plan was foiled" thought no one ever.
— InTheRightColumn (@TheRightColumn) December 29, 2019
Watts criticized Paxton on Sunday for expressing shock over the tragedy, accusing him of ensuring “that guns are allowed inside churches in the state” in a tweet.
The gunman opened fire Sunday during a service at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, killing two people with a shotgun before a member of the church’s voluntary security team shot him dead, authorities said.
Watts’ take on the shooting clashed with the perspective of at least one survivor, who praised Texas authorities and the state’s less restrictive gun measures.
Britt Farmer, the senior minister at West Freeway Church of Christ, on Sunday thanked Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and law enforcement for their quick responses to the shooting and told reporters he was grateful “our government has allowed us the opportunity to protect ourselves.”
Conservatives and gun rights advocates on social media echoed Farmer’s pro-Second Amendment perspective.
They also slammed Watts for her analysis of the incident, arguing she’d drawn the exactly opposite conclusion on an effective approach to gun laws.
Jason Howerton, director of engagement for The Blaze Media, was particularly confounded by Watts’ tweet.
“It is actually hard for me to believe people are this dumb. Like can this actually be real?” Howerton said.
“Yep, that’s pretty dumb,” said one commenter.
Actually now that I think about it, Shannon Watts is right because never in the history of the world has a criminal brought a gun into a “gun free zone.”
Murder is one thing, but crossing that imaginary barrier with a gun — they wouldn’t dare!
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) December 29, 2019
One commenter called Watts’ reaction the “stupidest tweet” of the day.
I want those guys in church with me
— OpposingForce?? (@OPFORPio) December 29, 2019
Many commenters found it ludicrous to think that the gunman would have refrained from bringing a firearm into the church because it was prohibited by law.
The more I hear leftists twist tragedies into self serving political talking points the more I know I’m on the right side. The Right.
— Gib (@Gibstra) December 29, 2019
“Murder is one thing, but crossing that imaginary barrier with a gun — they wouldn’t dare!” Howerton tweeted.
Cam Edwards, editor of pro-Second Amendment news outlet Bearing Arms, questioned whether Watts really believed a “‘no guns allowed’ sign would have been more effective at stopping this guy than the armed parishioners?”