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Texas AG Paxton: Changing Gun Laws Won't Stop a Killer's Plans

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By    |   Tuesday, 27 February 2018 02:30 PM

Changing the nation's gun laws won't do anything to affect someone who is willing to kill other people, but putting a deterrent in place will, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Tuesday.

"I wish we could do something that would actually make an impact," Paxton told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "I don't think changing gun laws will affect somebody that's willing to kill people. What's going to affect them is the deterrent, which is having people in place to do something about it."

Paxton also said he doesn't think changing national laws to ban bump stocks, the devices used to make guns fire as if they're automatic weapons, will have much of an effect.

"We can spend all this time talking about this stuff," Paxton said. "The longer we go without defending our children, churches and businesses, the more we'll have people killed that shouldn't be unnecessarily killed."

President Donald Trump has said he is not afraid of the National Rifle Association and nobody else should be either, but Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been accused by a Democratic gubernatorial primary candidate, Andrew White, of fearing the organization.

"I think if there is anything that we need to do, it is back to how do we defend our children?" said Paxton. "We can keep talking about all these regulations, but the unfortunate fact is I'm going to be back on these shows over and over until we have people in the schools that can do something about it."

Paxton also commented that the politics behind gun legislation also don't matter to him.

"[White] may be taking advantage of this because we've had this horrible tragedy," said Paxton. "I understand that people want to immediately fix this. I do, too. What matters to me is what will work? In Texas, we believe that the thing that will work is having people prepared when these occurrences happen, not creating some gun law that will not be followed by somebody willing to kill people."

Paxton also discussed immigration matters, including the decision of Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf to announce impending raids by federal immigration agents.

"She is going to have some problems with funding," said Paxton. "The federal government provides grants and there is a requirement of cooperation with the federal government on immigration and turning over people who are criminals. I think it's very unfortunate. She has a free speech right. It's unfortunate for her citizens she is putting her people at risk. The people that ICE is coming after are criminals and she is giving them warning."

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