Former GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah) said he thinks the survivors of the Florida high school shooting who returned to school Wednesday need a “belief in God and Jesus Christ.”
Chaffetz, who was recently hired as a Fox News contributor, made the remarks while discussing what it meant for lawmakers to take a pause from their day to reflect and honor the life of the late evangelist Billy Graham.
“We need more good news, more good message, more of the good word reaching out to America,” Chaffetz said on Fox News.
“I think of those kids who went back to school today after that horrific shooting, and they need something more. They need a belief in God and Jesus Christ. I think that would help. And this is a historic moment.”
His comments came just two weeks after 17 people were killed when a 19-year-old former student opened fire at a high school in Florida.
Since the shooting, students have become vocal advocates for gun control, demanding that lawmakers take action and pass new gun laws to protect them from gun violence.