Texas state Rep. Matt Schaefer, chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, voiced his support for the Second Amendment and against stricter gun laws in the wake of the Odessa shooting, saying that he doesn’t support “so-called gun-control solutions” and instead will be “praying that God would transform the hearts of people with evil intent.”
In a Facebook post posted on his official page on Sunday, the District 6 representative in the Texas House of Representatives, said he had no plans “to use the evil acts of a handful of people to diminish the God-given rights of my fellow Texans,” less than 24 hours after seven people were killed in a shooting in Odessa, Texas.
“I say NO to “red flag” pre-crime laws. NO to universal background checks. NO to bans on AR-15s, or high capacity magazines. NO to mandatory gun buybacks,” said Schaefer in the post. “YES to praying for protection. YES to praying that God would transform the hearts of people with evil intent.”
Schaefer has served District 6, an area roughly 100 miles east of Dallas, since 2013 after winning the 2012 general election when he ran unopposed.
In 2017, he proposed a bill that required transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding to their sex at birth. In April, Schaefer put forth a three-part bill pushing for stricter limitations on abortions.
Schaefer’s position on guns and response to the 283rd mass shooting this year is more extreme than the center of his party, which has largely chosen to talk past the issue of gun control.