Dan Patrick, Texas lieutenant governor, thinks he may have cracked the problem of all these school massacres— too many gosh-darn doors. After another mass shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, Patrick took to the news camera and laid this goose egg out on the table:
We may have to look at the design of our schools moving forward and retrofitting schools that are already built. There are too many entrances and too many exits.
Someone might want to remind the lieutenant governor that high school isn't supposed to be a lockdown prison.
The shooting that occurred at Santa Fe High School, about 35 miles southeast of Houston, killed ten people and injured ten more. In the aftermath, public officials gave "thoughts and prayers" while speaking at press conferences, saying things need to change. Of course, most of us realize, nothing ever does.
Patrick took to the airwaves to give his take on the real issue, saying:
There are not enough people to put a guard in every entrance or exit. Maybe we need to look at limiting the entrances and exits into our schools so that we can have law enforcement looking at the people who are coming.
Patrick's bizarre "solution" was met with harsh criticism.
All these shootings because we have too many doors, sea levels are rising because of rocks falling into the ocean, hurricanes devasting cities because of gay sex. Maybe we shouldn’t put complete fucking morons in charge of anything anymore.— J.D. Evermore (@jd_evermore) May 18, 2018
Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick tried to blame the Sante Fe shooting on too many doors. With a straight face. These Republican NRA puppets will say anything to avoid blaming guns. Unbelievable.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) May 18, 2018
imagine opening your mouth to say teenagers were killed because their school had too many doors, i've seen smarter villains on scooby doo— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) May 18, 2018
California Lt Gov Gavin Newsom, known around the country as the Mayor of San Francisco who bucked the system and began handing out same sex marriage licenses in 2004, was quick to call Patrick and the rest of the GOP out on Twitter.
People pointed out how dangerous less exits are.
@GavinNewsom, The Cocoanut Grove was a bar in Boston. One night, a huge fire broke out and killed 492 people. A TRAGEDY. One of the reasons so many died was because there weren't enough exits, and people got stuck at the doors. Please don't say such foolish things about doors.— Transgender Rights (@TransRightsMOVE) May 19, 2018
Less exits, more likely to get trapped- how logical is that because what happens when the shooter is in the building and there isn’t an extra exit to leave out of- people are just idiots— Tayler Graham (@TaylerGraham4) May 19, 2018
The majority of the country is sick of the excuses.
Need to turn our schools into secure bunkers to avoid gun legislation.— BetterWay (@BetterWay16) May 19, 2018
It’s so bizarre to me, that when someone makes a statement like this, they are acknowledging that *there are factors, beyond solely the shooter, that contribute to the problem* ... and yet how dare anyone point out that easy and excessive access to guns is one of those factors.— Jeanette Johnson (@johnsoj2) May 19, 2018
TX Lt. Gov Dan Patrick blamed the shooting on the school having “too many entrances.”— Matthew Wolff🏳️🌈 (@MatthewWolfff) May 19, 2018
It wasn’t the doors, or the video games. It wasn’t the trench coats or the rock music in ‘99.
America has too many guns, and the GOP refuses to keep them out of the hands of dangerous people. pic.twitter.com/5luKGunICC
It seems even the Chief of Police in Houston, Texas, is over the excuses and pandering to the NRA.
The post reads in its entirety:
To all my Facebook friends. Today I spent the day dealing with another mass shooting of children and a responding police officer who is clinging to life. I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve shed tears of sadness, pain and anger.
I know some have strong feelings about gun rights but I want you to know I’ve hit rock bottom and I am not interested in your views as it pertains to this issue. Please do not post anything about guns aren’t the problem and there’s little we can do. My feelings won’t be hurt if you de-friend me and I hope yours won’t be if you decide to post about your views and I de-friend you.
I have never accepted the status-quo in anything I do and I’ve never accepted defeat. And I won’t do it now. I will continue to speak up and will stand up for what my heart and my God commands me to do, and I assure you he hasn’t instructed me to believe that gun-rights are bestowed by him.
The hatred being spewed in our country and the new norms we, so-called people of faith are accepting, is as much to blame for so much of the violence in our once pragmatic Nation.
This isn’t a time for prayers, and study and Inaction, it’s a time for prayers, action and the asking of God’s forgiveness for our inaction (especially the elected officials that ran to the cameras today, acted in a solemn manner, called for prayers, and will once again do absolutely nothing).
I close by saying, I wish those that move on from this page the best. May God Bless you and keep you.