The mayor of Odessa, Texas, blamed the mass shooting in his town that claimed seven lives and injured 21 others on “evil people” and “violent video games.”
When MSNBC news host Kendis Gibson asked Odessa Mayor David Turner how he was planning to comfort the traumatized residents of his town, Turner responded: “You comfort your city with prayer. We’re having a prayer vigil tonight … we will handle this one day at a time.”
“What do you say to the people who say they need more than prayer to prevent something like this from happening?” Gibson pressed.
“There’s always going to be evil people. Evil people find ways to hurt people,” Turner responded.
Gibson pointed out that both the Odessa shooter and the El Paso shooter, who killed 22 people in early August, used assault rifles.
“Isn’t there something common in all of this?” Gibson asked.
Turner answered: “I think it’s a problem of the heart, to be honest with you. We have some of the most violent video games that you can see.”
President Trump blamed “gruesome and grisly” video games after the El Paso attack.
Turner was asked about looser gun laws that went into effect in Texas Sunday. They will allow firearms in public places like schools and churches, as well as foster homes and rental properties. “Some of these will allow schools to be protected even more,” the mayor said. “But as far as the total of the laws, I haven’t seen those. I’ve been a little busy.”
The mayor said in a brief interview with the Washington Post the day of the shooting: “There are a lot of people hurt and a lot of people scared. In a situation like this, prayer is the most important thing.”