Texas GOP Rep. blames rise in mass shootings on ‘overuse of these dang smartphones’

https://www.chron.com/politics/article/Texas-GOP-Rep-blames-mass-shootings-on-overuse-17228670.php

Well let’s see, the Republicans have blamed mass shootings on porn, lack of praying (Really, I bet those 10 year old kids were praying harder than they ever did to a god who did not intervene)  too many doors, liberals, CRT, transgender / transexuals / the entire LGBTQ+, Democrats, BLM, and now it is smartphones.   Anything / everything but guns and bullets.  Also can you imagine if classroom doors locked each time they were closed?   How do all the kids get into the classroom, does someone have to sit at the door to let them in?  What about kids that go to the bathroom how do they get back in?   These assholes have no idea of what happens in school, did they not go to school, or is it they are paid to be this stupid.   They want schools to become prisons.  What next strip searches in entry or exit?  A officer to lock kids in classrooms or walk the stray kids to the bathroom?    Yes it would reduce school shootings but how will kids learn, and what will they learn?  All so some people can stroke their unrestricted freedom while people die.   He asks what changed in the last 50 years, well for one these guns did not exist that long ago and the idea that everyone could have unrestricted gun ownership also was not a thing back then.    Hugs

The congressman made the comments following the emotional testimonies of multiple gun violence survivors and their families.

Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX) speaks during the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing with victims' family members and survivors of the Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas massacres on June 8, 2022 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX) speaks during the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing with victims’ family members and survivors of the Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas massacres on June 8, 2022 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas) is rejecting calls to pass stricter gun laws and is instead blaming the use of smartphones for a rise in mass shootings. During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on gun violence Wednesday, Fallon told members of Congress that guns were around long before mass shootings became disturbingly commonplace in the U.S.

 
“The truth is that guns have always been readily available in this country,” Fallon said. “But mass shootings and in particular mass shootings of schools are nonexistent or at least extremely rare until they became a grisly recent phenomenon. So what’s changed in the last 50 years?”
 
 

The Republican congressman then proceeded to give his own theory. “There’s been a noticeable breakdown of the family. There’s been an erosion of faith and there’s been a seismic drop in social interactions in large measure due to the overuse of these dang smartphones, and the proliferation of social media, which is probably better described as anti-social media,” Fallon said while holding up his own phone.

Fallon claimed passing gun laws doesn’t work and listed out what he called “real solutions.”

“We must harden our schools with controlled access and single point-of-entry with a tiered entry procedure,” he said. “The main office should be located directly by the front door, which is single-access entry. Classroom doors should automatically shut and lock like hotel rooms do.” 

The congressman also called for school teachers and volunteers to be trained and armed through school marshal programs, increasing the number of school resource officers on campuses, adding more cameras to schools, and training rapid response teams to address threats.

“Our goal should be to protect our children,” Fallon said. “No parent, educators, citizen legislature or nation has a higher calling. Let’s look at real and effective solutions and shelve the divisive rhetoric because American children deserve nothing less.”

Fallon’s comments followed the emotional testimony of survivors of gun violence and their families, including 11-year-old Uvalde, Texas school shooting survivor Miah Cerrillo who told Congress she covered herself in the blood of her friend to play dead as the gunman shot her classmates and teacher. Other witnesses included Kimberly and Felix Rubio, the parents of fourth grade Uvalde victim Alexandra “Lexi” Aniyah Rubio, who demanded the passage of stricter gun measures during their testimony. 

 

Markos ChrisInKansas • 44 minutes ago

Can someone tell me where the trigger is on a smartphone? I think mine is missing.

FancyThat🐻Happy Pride!!🌈 Markos • 28 minutes ago

My phone was a rescue, so it was gun-neutered before I even got it. I can’t count the number of times I’ve lost it or left it unattended, so it’s good to know no one was ever at risk.

ChrisInKansas • an hour ago

“These killings have to stop!”

It’s the guns. Get rid of the guns.

“It must be lack of prayer! Smartphones! Doors!”

No. They all used guns. Stop the guns.

“BAN THE DRAG QUEENS!!!”

Bambino🇺🇦🌻 • an hour ago

It’s the oxygen, it’s the dirt on the ground or maybe the clear blue sky. 🙄

BJDUK • 41 minutes ago • edited

What are these “smartphones” you speak of? Must only exist within the US…

Friday • an hour ago

Well, your right wing social media disinformation and incitement ain’t helping, Congressman, but you Republicans are the one pushing hatred, despair, and a wounded sense of entitlement over the things. Also as a matter of fact all these guns *weren’t* around like this back in the ‘days before,’ …despite them being all over entertainment media.

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