Because of the Internet and violent online video games, there is no longer such a person as a "loner" who goes out to commit mass shootings, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Thursday.
"They are all connected to each other," Patrick told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "They feed off of each other. They keep score on their (video) games. How many head shots did they get? How many points did they score?"
In the case of the shootings in El Paso, Texas, last weekend, the young man being held as a suspect mentioned fulfilling his "super-soldier fantasy," which is "in the Call of Duty video game," said Patrick.
"They are connected by this evil dark web...how do we allow a dark web site like 8chan to even exist?"
The problem is not just about mental health or guns, Patrick added, but it is "in our culture."
"On Sunday, everyone was going to church in America, praying about this, and the next day when their kids went to school, they weren't allowed to pray or bring it up," Patrick added. "We as a country, a God-fearing, God-loving country, we have to take control of our own society."
Meanwhile, Texas lawmakers will work together, just as they did after the 2018 Santa Fe school shootings, said Patrick, noting that 25 laws were passed to impact mental health programs, school security, and more.
Patrick also said he supports President Donald Trump in trying to bring Congress together to look at gun safety issues, but he does think "red flag" laws are difficult.
"You have to be very careful that you are not taking away someone's rights, while also being sure that people who shouldn't have guns do not have those guns," said Patrick.
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