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Too Many Doors And Liberal Teachers: Here’s What The GOP Blames For The Uvalde Shooting


Republicans have been tying themselves into knots for the reason that Uvalde massacre in Texas to insist that guns aren’t an issue in mass shootings.

Every mass shooting involves a gun. It’s obvious that the proliferation of, and quick access to, dangerous weapons of war is an issue. But 19 dead children isn’t enough to make Republicans hand over their allegiance to those guns and the powerful industry behind them.

They’ve been blaming every little thing from “liberal teachers” to “wokeness” to even gun control itself as the rationale for the shootings. Principally, whatever social issue they were already upset about is the rationale that mass shootings keep occurring on this country ― and only this country ― where access to guns is so open.

And surprise, surprise ― their solution is usually more guns.

Here’s a take a look at a few of the things that Republicans have said are accountable for the tragedy in Uvalde:

Too Many Doors

Consider it or not, buildings often need multiple or two doors.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) believes that considered one of the massive problems around mass shootings is that there are only too many doors in buildings. He said that schools could be higher protected by “having one door that goes out and in of the varsity [and] having armed law enforcement officials at that one door.”

The one-door theory isn’t recent. It’s long been a talking point of the gun industry, and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) after one other school massacre in 2018.

Initially, such a situation could be a hearth hazard. And never every mass shooting happens in a faculty. They occur in grocery stores, churches, movie theaters, nightclubs, outdoor live shows and nearly another place. Some places have to have multiple or two doors. Having so few entrances and exits could, in fact, also choke off possible escape routes.

But apart from all that, too many doors just isn’t really the issue.

A Transgender Woman

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) was spreading a rumor that the Uvalde shooter was a transgender woman.Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) was spreading a rumor that the Uvalde shooter was a transgender woman.

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Immediately after the shooting Tuesday, conservatives began spreading a rumor on social media that the shooter was a transgender woman. But in response to the state’s own Republican governor, Greg Abbott, the 18-year-old gunman was male.

As HuffPost’s Liz Skalka reported, the disinformation push reportedly began on 4chan, the anonymous message board favored by white nationalists, “where users spread photos of a random trans woman who bears a passing resemblance to the actual shooter, Salvador Ramos, whom police said they killed responding to the massacre. … The girl within the widely disseminated photos has come and out said that she’s not the shooter — and that she doesn’t even live in Texas — and asked people to stop sharing the images of her apparently taken without her consent from Reddit.”

Still, that didn’t stop conservatives from spreading the lie on social media. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) was one of the vital high-profile figures to share the conspiracy theory, although he later deleted his tweet.

Liberal Teachers

Somehow, teachers are to blame for this shooting? One way or the other, teachers are guilty for this shooting?

Republican Heather Anne Sprague, a candidate for the Maine House of Representatives, is blaming liberal teachers for the Uvalde shooting.

“I’ll go a step further and say the teachers that molded this kid right into a #killer needs to be arrested for multiple MURDERS,” she wrote in a Facebook post.

She added it was “obvious” the 18-year-old shooter was “brainwashed in class by liberal teachers to think he shouldn’t be a male.”

“If this crap doesn’t stop we may have more shootings because there are alot [sic] more confused, fed up and now mentally unwell kids on the market due to the #publicschoolsystem,” Sprague wrote.

Again, this shooter was not a transgender woman. So her entire post is improper, amongst other things.

Not Enough God

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said the country needs to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said the country must “return to God.”

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“We don’t need more gun control. We’d like to return to God,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said within the wake of the Uvalde shooting.

Oklahoma GOP Senate candidate Jackson Lahmeyer added, “It’s time to arm the teachers and bring back prayer in our public schools.”

Even with prayer in schools, Ramos would still have been in a position to go buy an AR-15.

Not Enough Guns

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is one of the GOP politicians calling for more guns in schools. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is considered one of the GOP politicians calling for more guns in schools.

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Hardening schools by getting more guns within the constructing is considered one of the largest talking points by Republicans after any mass shooting. Not only do they not wish to restrict guns, they need to offer a present to the gun industry and increase the variety of them.

Cruz said he desires to “harden schools,” with bulletproof doors and glass, in addition to armed security officials.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) brought back a favourite conservative wish, which is to arm more teachers.

“The truth is, we don’t have the resources to have law enforcement at every school,” he said. “It takes time for law enforcement, regardless of how prepared, regardless of how good they’re to get there. So, having the precise training for a few of these people at the varsity is the very best hope.”

“I need teachers that may protect themselves and their students,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) added Thursday night.

First, the vast majority of teachers don’t need to have guns.

But apart from that, the measures these conservatives are suggesting have actually been tried ― and they haven’t worked.

Uvalde actually had an in depth security plan, including, “an array of security measures that included its own police force, threat assessment teams at each school, a threat reporting system, social media monitoring software, fences around schools and a requirement that teachers lock their classroom doors,” in response to NBC News.

The Washington Post also analyzed 225 school shootings between 1999 and 2018 and located that “40 percent of the affected campuses had a police officer, meaning the mere presence of an officer was not enough to discourage the shooter. During that period, it found only two cases where a faculty police officer gunned down a shooter.”


Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) says fatherlessness may be to blame for shootings. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) says fatherlessness could also be guilty for shootings.

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On Wednesday, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said that the country must look more on the “root causes” of mass shootings.

“Questions involving things like, why is our culture suddenly producing so many young men who wish to murder innocent people?” he said. “It raises questions like, , could things like fatherlessness, the breakdown of families, isolation from civil society or the glorification of violence be contributing aspects?”

Lee expressed no support for ensuring these troubled young men don’t have assault weapons to kill people.

And as HuffPost’s Jen Bendery explained, “The concept mass shooters hail from fatherless homes, and that that could be a reason why they turn to gun violence, has been floated for years by conservatives ― and it’s simply false. There are no studies that clearly support a connection been fatherlessness and an inclination toward gun violence. And while details are still emerging in regards to the 18-year-old male Texas shooter, the mass shooting in Buffalo, Latest York, last week was carried out by one other 18-year-old male who had a mother and a father.”

ADHD Medication

Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) is worried about young people and their attention deficit medication. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) is frightened about young people and their attention deficit medication.

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Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) suggested that mass shootings are happening because of youngsters today and their attention deficit medication.

“Kids have modified through the years, the drugs they’re taking for attention deficit simply to concentrate on what they’re doing. It’s mind-boggling to me,” he told HuffPost this week.


Republicans found a way to bring up their favorite cultural boogeyman and blame it for the shooting.Republicans found a strategy to bring up their favorite cultural boogeyman and blame it for the shooting.

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Republicans like to rail about “wokeness” ― which is essentially a term that’s used today only by conservatives who’re mocking it. It essentially means being aware of, and anxious about, social justice. Railing against the bogeyman of “critical race theory” and teaching kids about racial inequality is one other favorite.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has decided they’re each guilty for the Uvalde shooting. How convenient!

He said there may be a “society-wide sickness” that won’t be solved by gun control.

“The answer lies in stronger families, more supportive communities, I might argue renewed faith,” he said. “We’ve lost that. We stopped teaching values in so a lot of our schools. Now we’re teaching wokeness. We’re indoctrinating our kids with things like CRT, telling, , some children they’re not equal to others they usually’re the explanation for other people’s problems.”

Gun Control

There have been protests across the nation demanding an end to gun violence. There have been protests across the nation demanding an end to gun violence.

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Erich Pratt, the senior vp of Gun Owners of America, doesn’t imagine that guns are the issue ― surprise! ― but restricting guns is the actual problem.

Killers love gun control, and that’s what enabled this killer in Texas,” he said.

Apart from more guns, more fathers and fewer doors, the primary thing Republicans have offered in response to those shootings is their hole thoughts and prayers.

Georgia GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker has also called for “a department that may take a look at young men that’s taking a look at women that’s taking a look at social media,” however it’s not clear what that’s.

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