Texas lt. gov. laughed off the internet for saying fewer doors can prevent mass shootings

Following a high school mass shooting in his state on Friday in which ten people died, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick claimed such massacres happen because school buildings have “too many entrances and too many exits.”

“We have to look at the design of our schools moving forward and retrofitting schools that are already built,” Patrick said, speaking during a press conference. “There are too many entrances and too many exits to our over 8,000 campuses in Texas.”

“There aren’t enough people to put a guard at every entrance and exit,” he continued. “Maybe we need to look at limiting the entrance and exits into our schools so that we can have law enforcement looking at the people coming in through one or two entrances.”

While students at high schools across Washington D.C. have reportedly entered the Capitol building to demand gun reform, Patrick is asking that legislators “to think out of the box.” Patrick’s creativity, of course, is informed by donations from the National Rifle Association, the pro-gun lobbying organization, in 2017 and heartily endorsed by it in the 2014 general election.

His suggestion that cutting down on doorways might bring an end to mass shootings across the country, however, was laughed off and met with outrage from Twitter users.

David Gilmour

David Gilmour

David Gilmour is a reporter who specializes in national politics, internet culture, and technology.