Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton: Texas Shooting Devastating To The Community | Morning Joe | MSNBC


>>> IT'S PRETTY DIFFICULT FOR ANY OF US TO MEASURE THE LEVEL OF DEVASTATION IN ONE TEXAS COMMUNITY THIS MORNING DEATH TOLL IN THE TINY TOWN OF SUTHERLAND SPRINGS AMOUNTS 7% OF THE POPULATION THERE AFTER 26 PEOPLE WERE GUNNED DOWN IN A SHOOTING SPREE, ACCORDING TO "THE NEW YORK TIMES

" JOINING US FROM AUSTIN, TEXAS, THE STATE'S ATTORNEY GENERAL, TIM PAXTON THANK YOU FOR JOINING US >> CERTAINLY >> THIS IS A TOWN OF, IS IT, 400 PEOPLE? >> IT'S A SMALL TOWN, SMALL COUNTY OUTSIDE OF SAN ANTONIO, ABOUT 30 MINUTES >> EVERYONE KNOWS EVERYBODY, FROM ALL THE REPORTING I'VE HEARD, CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF BABIES AND GETS TOGETHER FOR ANY REASON

DID THEY KNOW ALSO THE PERPETRATOR IN THIS CASE? >> MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT HE CAME FROM ABOUT 40 MINUTES AWAY IT'S UNLIKELY THIS GUY KNEW ANYBODY IN THE TOWN THESE PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING BECAUSE EVERYBODY IN THAT TOWN KNEW SOMEBODY THERE, WAS RELATED TO SOMEBODY THERE, WAS CLOSE TO SOMEBODY THERE IT'S DEFINITELY DEVASTATING FOR THIS LOCAL COMMUNITY >> HAROLD FORD? >> GOOD MORNING, ATTORNEY GENERAL

OUR PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES WITH YOU AND ALL OF THOSE THROUGHOUT TEXAS >> THANK YOU >> VERY QUICKLY TO GET BACK TO AN ISSUE, YOU'VE BEEN QUOTED AS SAYING THAT YOU DON'T BELIEVE GUNS, OR ANY KIND OF LIMITATIONS ON GUNS WOULD HAVE ANY REAL EFFECT ON LIMITING AND ELIMINATING THESE KINDS OF INSTANCES WE LEARNED THIS MORNING THAT THIS SHOOTER, WHEN APPLYING FOR THIS WEAPON IN 2016, MARKED ON HIS FORM THAT HE HAD NOT ACCUSED, LET ALONE CONVICTED OF ANY CRIMINAL ACTIVITY AND HE LIED

DO YOU NOT THINK THERE'S SOME WAY WE COULD GO ABOUT PASSING A LAW OR PASSING SOME REGULATIONS TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE CONVICTED OF CRIMES OR HAD BEEN DISCHARGED FROM THE MILITARY FOR BAD CONDUCT THAT THEY DON'T GET THEIR HANDS ON WEAPONS? >> SURE, I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT THERE'S ALSO LAWS AGAINST MURDER, THOUGH SO, PEOPLE LIKE THIS, WHO ARE WILLING TO VIOLATE LAWS AGAINST MURDER AND SHOOTING PEOPLE ARE UNLIKELY TO FOLLOW OTHER GUN LAWS I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH PREVENTING PEOPLE LIKE THIS FROM ATTEMPTING TO GET THESE MY GUESS IS THAT HE WILL FIND A WAY OR THESE PEOPLE ARE EVIL, THEY'LL FIND A WAY AROUND IT

>> CLINT WATTS? >> QUICK QUESTION REALIZING THAT PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS TRYING TO GET AROUND THESE BACKGROUND CHECKS, ONE OF THE THINGS I'VE SEEN OFFER, WHICH I THINK IS A PRETTY REASONABLE SOLUTION, BUT WANTED YOUR TAKE, IS GUN OWNER INSURANCE TO HAVE A FIREARM YOU HAVE TO TAKE OUT INSURANCE THIS CREATES A SECONDARY MARKET IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, NOT PART OF THE GOVERNMENT, WHERE PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY GIVEN A VERY THOROUGH BACKGROUND CHECK LIKE WE DO WITH CARS, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE NOT GETTING THEIR HANDS ON THESE WEAPONS I WONDER WHAT YOUR THOUGHTS WOULD BE ON THAT AS A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO TRYING TO KEEP WEAPONS, LIKE HAROLD SAID, OUT OF PEOPLE'S HANDS THAT PROBABLY DON'T NEED THAT

>> I DON'T WANT TO CREATE IMPEDIMENTS TO LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS FROM HAVING GUNS IN THIS CASE, THE PEOPLE WHO POTENTIALLY SLOWED THIS GUY DOWN FROM KILLING MORE PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE THAT HAD GUNS AND STOPPED HIM FROM CONTINUING HIS KILLING SPREE I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WHATEVER WE DO DOESN'T IMPEDE LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS FROM PROTECTING THEMSELVES THIS GUY CHOSE THIS COMMUNITY BECAUSE HE DIDN'T THINK THAT THERE WOULD BE FIRST RESPONDERS THERE QUICKLY AND THANK GOD WE HAD THESE TWO GUYS WITH WEAPONS TO MOVE THIS GUY AT LEAST OUT OF THE CHURCH MORE QUICKLY

>> NICK CONFESSORE YOU SAID THAT YOU DON'T THINK AN EVIL PERSON WILL FOLLOW THE GUN LAWS IF EVIL PEOPLE, MASS SHOOTERS WON'T FOLLOW GUN LAWS STLRKS ANY PURPOSE TO GUN LAWS AT ALL? SHOULD WE HAVE THEM IF PEOPLE AREN'T GOING TO FOLLOW THEM? >> WE HAVE LAWS AGAINST MURDER OBVIOUSLY, THERE ARE CERTAIN LAWS THAT DO MAKE SENSE EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE GOING TO BE VIOLATED THERE'S A BALANCING HERE WITH SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS AND ALLOWING PEOPLE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES

MAYBE CHURCHES AND BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS NEED TO START THINKING ABOUT HOW DO WE PROTECT OUR CHILDREN? HOW DO WE PROTECT OUR PARISHIONERS AND CONGREGANTS WHEN WE DON'T HAVE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CLOSE OR IN OUR BUILDING >> I'M WONDERING, VERY QUICKLY, AS WE CLOSE HOW THE COMMUNITY IS DOING THIS MORNING WHAT ARE THEY PLANNING? HOW ARE THEY COPING? >> OBVIOUSLY, AS I SAID, VERY DIFFICULT, GIVEN THAT EVERYBODY KNEW EVERYBODY AND EVERYBODY KNOWS SOMEBODY IN THIS COMMUNITY WHAT I LOVE ABOUT SMALL TOWNS IN TEXAS, AND REALLY ALL OF TEXAS, IS PEOPLE RALLY AROUND I THINK YOU'LL SEE AN OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT FROM ALL TEXANS FOR THIS COMMUNITY AS THEY SUFFER THROUGH A REALLY HORRIBLE DEGREE GRIEVING PROCESS

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