Labor Day Weekend Shooting In Texas 😔

Mark Rogers / Odessa American / AP

Mark Rogers / Odessa American / AP

Tragedy in Texas

On Saturday, a gunman carried out a mass shooting in the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa. The shooting started after state troopers attempted to pull a man over for failing to signal a left turn. The man was eventually shot and killed by police officers. A total of seven people were killed and 22 were injured.

A new set of laws

The day after the shooting, the state of Texas passed a set of new laws that some claim ease restrictions on gun owners. The new laws loosen restriction on gun ownership and use in schools, foster homes, apartments, and places of worship. Advocates of the new laws contend that they will allow people to defend themselves better, while critics argue that they make people less safe.


LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News: CNN fails to bleep out Beto's F-bomb during gun control rant following shooting

RealClearPolitics: Beto O'Rourke drops another f-bomb in response to latest Texas shooting: "This is f*cked up"

The right focuses on Beto O’Rourke’s (D-TX) rant regarding the lack of action on gun control. They point out that he dropped the ‘f-word’ during an interview with CNN. The right also emphasizes that he followed the rant with atweet that included another ‘f-word.' Furthermore, they highlight other instances where Beto has used profanity.

LEANING LEFT:

Slate: Hours after mass shooting, Texas lawmaker rejects any form of gun control, calls for prayer

CNN: Texas state lawmaker calls for 'praying for protection' instead of gun reform in wake of mass shooting

The left highlights the comments made by State Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-TX) in the hours following the deadly shooting. They emphasize that the representative’s comments indicate that he has no intention of enacting any policies that will help curb gun violence. The left cites his tweet and criticizes him for stating that ‘godlessness’ is the root of the problem and that more prayer is the solution to the gun violence problem.


Where's the common ground?

Both sides acknowledge that the shooting was a terrible tragedy and point out the death toll and number of injured. However, the common ground ends there. Each side chooses to focus on comments made by politicians from the other side of the aisle.

Even when it's hard, remember:

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