Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton advised people to arm themselves with guns in order to prevent more mass shootings.
Paxton shared his bizarre wisdom while being interviewed on Fox News about the mass shooting that killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas:
I wish some law would fix all of this… All I can say is in Texas at least we have the opportunity to have conceal carry. And so, there’s always the opportunity that gunman will be taken out before he has the opportunity to kill very many people.
Paxton’s advice is actually an old NRA gun myth that has been debunked.
Mother Jones noted in 2012 that the number of shootings has increased as the number of guns in the hands of Americans has increased.
There has not been one instance in which a civilian has stopped any mass shooting in the past 35 years, despite the record numbers of law-abiding gun owners.
Dr. Stephen Hargarten, a leading expert on emergency medicine and gun violence at the Medical College of Wisconsin, told the news site that there is no evidence arming Americans will help prevent mass shootings or reduce the number of victims.
Hargarten added that armed civilians are more likely to increase the bloodshed “given that civilian shooters are less likely to hit their targets than police in these circumstances.”