Texas Republican Touts God, Prayer in Rant Against Gun Control Advocacy Calls to 'Do Something'

Texas Republican congressman Matt Schaefer railed against Americans calling for lawmakers to "do something" about mass shootings, arguing via Twitter Saturday that God and prayer are more effective than gun control regulations.

Schaefer, who represents Texas' 6th congressional district, said "NO" to any form of gun restrictions in a Twitter thread in which he touted the "God-given, constitutionally protected" Second Amendment rights of fellow Texans and Americans. Schaefer's series of Saturday tweets proclaiming he will never back any form of weapons bans or background checks came just hours after a shooting left 5 dead in west Texas. Schaefer touted "praying for victims" and downplayed the "evil acts of a handful of people."

"'Do something!' is the statement we keep hearing. As an elected official with a vote in Austin, let me tell you what I am NOT going to do," Schaefer, who was first elected in 2012, tweeted Saturday evening.

"I am NOT going to use the evil acts of a handful of people to diminish the God-given rights of my fellow Texans. Period. None of these so-called gun-control solutions will work to stop a person with evil intent," he continued. Schaefer rejected "red flag pre-crime" law proposals made by President Donald Trump and lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle over the past month.

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The GOP congressman outright rejected any bans on AR-15s, high capacity magazines and said "NO to universal background checks." Instead, Schaefer said prayer, faith in God and single mothers carrying handguns may help prevent future mass shootings across the country. Gun control advocates and the families of victims in past mass shootings commonly deride lawmakers offering "thoughts and prayers" in lieu of tangible legislation.

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"What can we do? YES to praying for victims. YES to praying for protection. YES to praying that God would transform the hearts of people with evil intent. YES to fathers not leaving their wives and children. YES to discipline in the homes.

"YES to supporting our public schools. YES to giving every law-abiding single mom the right to carry a handgun to protect her and her kids without permission from the state, and the same for all other law-abiding Texans of age," Schaefer continued.

Concluding his now-viral Twitter thread, the Tyler, Texas-based congressman again stressed his God-over-government response to the state's most recent mass shooting this weekend: "YES to your God-given, constitutionally protected rights. YES to God, and NO to more government intrusions."

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Texas Republican congressman Matt Schaefer railed against Americans calling for lawmakers to "do something" about mass shootings, arguing via Twitter Saturday that God and prayer are more effective than gun control regulations. Screenshot: Matt Schaefer | Facebook
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