When “thoughts and prayers” from government officials fail to comfort family members of mass shooting victims, “God’s Plan” often works.
Ken Paxton is Texas Attorney General, its highest -ranking law enforcement official and technically the boss of those cops who waited for an hour outside the Uvalde classroom while kids and teachers inside were being slaughtered. Ken was asked what he might say to the victims’ families. “I’d have to say, look, there’s always a plan. I believe God always has a plan. Life is short no matter what it is.”
But 10 years is really damn short life, Ken. If God’s Plan involves murdering innocent children, it’s time to become an atheist.
In the same interview, Ken was asked why mass shootings happen more often in Texas than in other states. (Texas leads the nation in the number of people killed in mass shootings since 2009, and is second only to Nevada in the number killed in a single episode.) “Part of it is we’re just a big state. It might just come down to “the law of averages. Other than that, I don’t really have an explanation.”
Here’s a thought, Ken. As Texas Attorney General, it is your job to come up with an explanation and maybe even a plan on how to keep your constituents alive. Oh that’s right. You wouldn’t want to work at cross purposes to God’s Plan which somehow involves wiping out a classroom full of fourth graders.
That pushy interviewer asked Ken which proposals he would support to prevent another Uvalde. How about a red-flag law allowing courts to order the seizure of guns from people deemed an imminent threat? That, Ken said, “becomes pretty risky for our freedom.”
Good point, Ken. Our freedom depends on allowing an 18 year old high school kid who wrote e-mails threatening to kill his grandmother and to “shoot up a school” the chance to buy an AR-15 and lots of ammo.
On the other hand, I’m sure that Ken Paxton will take his responsibility as Texas’ top law enforcement official very seriously indeed when the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. At that point, Texas’ Anti-Abortion Law that grants $10 K rewards to citizens who turn in evil folk aiding and abetting abortions will really kick in. Ken will be handing out those $10 K checks with a smile on his face and joy in his heart. That’s part of God’s Plan, too.
By Ed Dufton