Shortly after the Saturday's mass shooting in Texas, Republican congressman Matt Schaefer sparked debates with a controversial tweet. Schaefer urged locals not to call for gun control reform but to pray to God.
In a series of tweets, he admitted he would not vote in favor of weapon bans or background checks. In his words, any form of gun restrictions would be a violation of the ''God-given, constitutionally protected'' Second Amendment and it would infringe the rights of the American people.
In his view, none of the proposed gun-control solutions would lead to the desired effect. Moreover, as Shaefer put it, they would not stop a person with evil intent.
He continued that faith in God, regular prayers, and single mothers carrying guns could prevent future violent attacks across the country. In addition to that, he also advocated for a better discipline at home, urging fathers not to leave their wives and children.
Schaefer also opposed the proposals made by the Democratic presidential candidates, the so-called red flag gun laws. Some of them include background checks, bans on AR-15's and high-capacity magazines, as well as a mandatory gun buyback.
Matt Schaefer has been serving Texas' District 6, an area about 100 miles away from Dallas since 2013. In 2017, he backed up a bill requiring transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding to their sex at birth.
Earlier this year, he supported a highly controversial bill to criminalize abortions in Texas, introduced by his colleague Rep. Tony Tinderholt (R). The proposed legislation would make it possible for women to get the death penalty for having abortions.
His latest position on gun control in response to the 283rd mass shooting this year is more extreme than the center of the Republican party. For instance, President Trump appreciated the hard work of the Texas police on Twitter, but he made no mention of gun control regulations.
On the other hand, vice president Mike Pence who is currently in Europe said that the presidential administration is looking into different solutions to combat the increased gun violence across the country.
The Democrats also called for gun reform. The Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said that thoughts and prayers would not resolve the gun violence issue. After the mass shootings in his native El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, O'Rourke came up with a plan to tackle gun violence.
He called for the creation of a national gun registry as well as a nationwide gun licensing system. O'Rourke also proposed a mandatory buyback of assault-style rifles. In addition to that, he suggested that the minimum age to buy firearms should be 21.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with Rep. Schaefer's words that we need to pray and turn to God instead of urging Congress to act?