2018-05-19 15:26:45 UTC
Republicans, who have so far sought to address school shootings by offering
prayers, arming teachers, equipping students with clear backpacks, and
increasing security at schools, now have another strategy: limit the number of
entryways (what Jezebel senior editor Joanna Rothkopf dubbed door control). In
the wake of the school shooting outside Houston, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a
staunch opponent of gun control, offered this: Maybe we need to look at
limiting the entrances and exits into our schools. Then he went all-in with
this very bad solution, which is also a serious fire hazard: Had there been one
single entrance possibly for every student, maybe he would have been stopped.
Its amazing, and sad, how far Republicans will go to avoid addressing gun
After Fridays shooting at Santa Fe High School, in which at least 10 people
were killed and another 10 wounded, several of the states leading politicians
Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick gave a press
conference to talk about the tragedy.
It was a sober affair until Patrick took the mic.
The lieutenant governor, a social conservative firebrand who recently pushed to
allow concealed carry in churches, listed off a series of what he called
outside the box ideas for stopping school shootings. These included having
students enter schools at different times (so thered be fewer crowds to shoot
at), parents doing a better job locking up their guns, and, most remarkably,
limiting the number of doorways into schools.
There are too many entrances and too many exits to our over 8,000 campuses,
Patrick said. There arent enough people to put a guard at every entry and
There are a number of practical problems with this idea. If you have a mass
shooter in the building, you dont want to trap people in the building. Its not
obvious that security guards would be able to spot someone concealing a weapon
even if they were at every door; in fact, there were two armed guards at Santa
Fe on Friday. And closing most of the entryways to a school would create a
serious fire hazard.
More fundamentally, this all feels like an absurd kind of deflection. As my
colleague German Lopez writes, the solutions to gun violence arent a big
mystery: theyre gun control measures, like universal background checks and
mandatory buybacks. There is a mountain of evidence that the best way to stop
people from killing with guns is to stop them from getting guns in the first