Republican Florida state Sen. Kelli Stargel claimed on March 3 that only “thoughts and prayers” could stop the evil behind mass shootings, and that it would be useless to ban assault weapons.
In a video posted by The Washington Post, the pro-gun lawmaker said she would keep using “thoughts and prayers” even though “thoughts and prayers” have not stopped mass shootings. She also claimed gun control was ineffective because of other weapons such as fertilizer and pressure cookers:
If I thought for one moment that if we banned assault weapons, that all of these tragedies would end, you would have me. I would be with you. But are we going to ban fertilizer, which is what they used in the Oklahoma bombing?
Are we going to ban pressure cookers, which is what they used in the Boston massacre? Are we going to ban the multiple handguns that were used in other assaults? Are we going to ban the sawed off shotguns which was used in Columbine?
While Stargel opposes regulating guns. she did support regulating beer in 2014 by claiming: “Higher beer production and higher consumption go hand-in-hand,” noted the Tallahassee Democrat.
Stargel did not apply her higher production theory to guns on March 2:
It’s not the weapon. It’s the evil from within. And unfortunately, Senator Stewart said at the very beginning of her debate, when we say “thoughts and prayers,” it’s frowned upon.
And I take real offense at that because “thoughts and prayers” are really the only thing that’s going to stop the evil from within the individual who is taking up their arms to do this kind of a massacre.
Stargel failed to explain why “thoughts and prayers” had failed to stop mass shootings, but promised: “I will continue to do the thoughts and prayers.”
Stargel lamented that she was going to vote to raise the age limit to buy assault weapons to 21.
Stargel insisted that mental health and a “broken home” were why people went on mass shootings, even though there are mentally disturbed people from broken homes in other countries where mass shootings are non-existent:
But in my opinion, the one thing that will actually change this the most is the one thing that has actually become fighting words, which is to say “thoughts and prayers.”
So that’s something I’m going to continue to add to my comprehensive plan, that we can hopefully stop the evil that is happening from within our world.
The Republican-controlled state Senate voted against a bill to ban assault weapons such as the AR-15 that was used in the mass shooting in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and in other massacres.