Mayor of Odessa, Texas blames Saturday’s mass shooting on “evil people” and “video games.”

By |2019-09-02T05:46:04-08:00September 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |16 Comments

And of course he is all about the power of prayer. 

Courtesy of HuffPo:

The mayor of Odessa, Texas, on Sunday blamed the mass shooting in his town that claimed seven lives on “evil people” and “violent video games.”

When MSNBC news host Kendis Gibson asked Mayor David Turner how he was going to comfort the people 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. Turner told him: “There’s always going to be evil people. Evil people find ways to hurt people.”

Gibson pointed out that an assault rifle was used in the El Paso mass shooting in early August that killed 22 people, and that one was used by the Odessa shooter. “Isn’t there something common in all of this?”

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 Donald Trump blamed “gruesome and grisly” video games after the El Paso attack for helping to instigate mass shooters, echoing other Republicans’ claims despite no credible evidence.

It’s like he’s a puppet and the NRA is working his strings. 

Once again for the record violent vidoe games can be found all over the world, but mass shootings are a uniquely American problem. 

As for evil that is typically a term used by people who do not understand the human psyche and tend to use black and white terminology to cover for their lack of intelligence. 

Like many politicians in Texas, this mayor is a waste of space is not up to the job of protecting his constituents. 

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  1. Sick And Tired Of Being Sick And Tired September 2, 2019 at 9:55 am

    As a child and well into adulthood, watched Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner faithfully until they took it off.
    Encouraging violence the excuse?? Intelligent humor.
    Did it make me want to go out and blast someone off the planet? NO.

    • Anonymoose September 2, 2019 at 5:57 pm

      Not to mention the Roadrunner and Wiley Coyote violence.

  2. Anonymous September 2, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Looks like we shouldn’t have slaughtered the Natives, pushed them off the land, and forced a separate consolidated righteous unique god on them. Looks like they knew a thing or two about living in harmony.

  3. Anonymous September 2, 2019 at 10:45 am

    We have uneducated Americans who live in constant paranoia and fear about someone or something and now a President who fuels that paranoia.

  4. puck September 2, 2019 at 11:01 am

    it’s his fault-and all his political buddies. you couldn’t pay me to go to texass. i was in London for a week. not one shooting. why? you need a special permit to get even a hunting rifle.

    • Anonymous September 2, 2019 at 12:20 pm

      You couldn’t pay me enough to live in, let alone visit, Texas nor anywhere in the south.

  5. Anonymously September 2, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Mass Shootings Are ‘Just Getting Worse’ As FBI Fights To Keep Up

    An FBI agent says authorities are responding to “an active shooter every other week in this country,” as incidents trend up every year.

    …..Investigators are getting at least some help from the public. The FBI reported a spike in tips after an alleged white nationalist fatally shot 22 people in El Paso on Aug. 3, and authorities have since arrested more than 40 people as potential mass shooters.

    Meanwhile, however, Texas is making it easier to access guns, despite having been home to four of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history. Within hours of the mass shooting in West Texas, the state legislature passed a series of laws that loosen gun restrictions ― including a law that allows weapons on school grounds, as well as in churches and apartments, WQAD reports.

  6. Anonymously September 2, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Texas Republicans just don’t get it

    Another mass shooting in Texas. Once more, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is, oh, so concerned and sad, as new laws go into effect weakening gun regulation. (“I am heartbroken by the crying of the people of the state of Texas. I am tired of the dying of the people of the state of Texas. Too many Texans are in mourning, too many Texans have lost their lives.”) Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) sent out the standard “thoughts and prayers” statement (“lifting up in prayer all the victims, their families, and the entire Midland-Odessa community”).

    And apparently recognizing that contrary the GOP talking point that it is never the right time to have the gun debate, state representative Republican Matt Schaefer posted on Facebook the kind of statement that the vast majority of Americans would find infuriating: “As an elected official with a vote in Austin, let me tell you what I am NOT going to do. I am NOT going to use the evil acts of a handful of people to diminish the God-given rights of my fellow Texans. Period. None of these so-called gun-control solutions will work to stop a person with evil intent.” Overwhelmingly, percentages of Americans disagree and favor measures such as background checks, red-flag laws and assault weapons bans.

    The Republican Party of Texas faces a challenge in 2020 that the gun debate only aggravates. An increase in Hispanic voters combined with population growth in major urban centers and suburbia, which now trends blue in Texas and across the United States, could well put Texas in play in the 2020 presidential race and in down-ballot races. Compelling Democratic presidential and Senate candidates certainly could compete with white, male gun-absolutist Republican incumbents, President Trump and Sen. John Cornyn (R).

    The Texas blue-wave[ nightmare gained momentum with three Republican retirements in competitive congressional districts. Democrats now are looking for pickups in the Texas’s 22nd (Rep. Pete Olson is departing), 23rd (Rep. Will Hurd is leaving) and 24th (Kenny Marchant is retiring as well).

    Republicans’ collapse in the Texas suburbs — which is a major factor in making the state competitive — will only accelerate with its defiant attitude on any gun-safety measure. (Of suburban voters in the recent Quinnipiac national poll, I recently noted, “Among those voters, 96 percent favor background checks, 62 percent favor an assault weapons ban, 82 percent favor red flag laws, and 85 percent support gun licensing.”) Republicans’ intransigence in the face of the state’s second mass shooting in less than a month will only make matters worse for a party struggling to avoid alienating a key component of winning Republican coalitions in the past.

    It’s not just guns. Texas Republicans have and other serious problems, such as the party’s inhumane treatment of migrant children and families. In July 2018, a poll on family separation found, “Overall, 28 percent of Texas voters support the practice — 16 percent strongly so — while 57 percent oppose it — 44 percent strongly so.” Here the party’s problem with women voters is stark:

  7. Anonymously September 2, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Odessa mass shooting gunman failed background check — but obtained an AR-style rifle anyway

    Texas gunman lost his job as a truck driver — and he may be a sign of what’s coming to America

    Presidential candidate Andrew Yang worried that Ator’s actions could show what America will face with mass layoffs of truck drivers that are expected to occur from automation.

    “The 36-yr-old man who terrorized two West Texas towns with an assault-style rifle Saturday had been fired from his trucking job a few hours before he led the authorities on a chaotic high-speed chase that ended with his death and the deaths of 7 others.”


    • Anonymously September 2, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      If you take a population of 3.5 million truckers, 94% of whom are men, average age 49, tens of thousands of whom are ex-military making average $46,000+ per year, losing their jobs will produce a range of reactions, some of which are likely to be tragic in consequence.

      — Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) September 2, 2019

      Most of the tragedies will be unreported. Men quietly going home and drinking themselves to death. But occasionally there will be something externalized. Applied across a group of hundreds of thousands you would expect a wide range of outcomes including some that are unthinkable.

      — Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) September 2, 2019

  8. Jewel September 2, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Mayor turner kind of looks like his idol Trump; fat and ugly

  9. Anonymously September 2, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Dick’s Sporting Goods removed guns from their stores, and sales are climbing

    The retail giant just had their best earning quarter in three years.

  10. Anonymously September 2, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Texas GOPer Adamantly Swears To Never Vote For Gun Control Laws After Shooting

    Texas state Rep. Matt Schaefer (R) declared that he wouldn’t vote for any gun control measures several hours after a series of deadly shootings in his state led to at least seven deaths on Saturday.

    Schaefer posted a screed on Facebook railing against “red flag” laws, universal background checks, mandatory buybacks, or bans on AR-15s, claiming that “none of these so-called gun-control solutions will work to stop a person with evil intent.”

    The Republican lawmaker’s proposed solution to mass shootings? Prayer.

    “YES to praying for victims. YES to praying for protection. YES to praying that God would transform the hearts of people with evil intent,” he wrote.

    Schaefer also suggested that “discipline in the homes” and men not leaving their families would also prevent gun violence.

    “YES to God, and NO to more government intrusions,” he concluded.

  11. Anonymously September 2, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Ten children wounded after shooting at high school football match

    Seventeen-year-old charged with nine counts of attempted murder after shooting at high school football game in Alabama on Friday night.

  12. Weed Is Stupid September 2, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Huh? Video games? Evil people?


    The belief in Jesus The Savior is SOLELY what is behind the gun fascination and resultant destruction.

  13. Anonymoose September 2, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    It is a city in the state of Dumbfuckistan, so……

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