Dan Patrick urges Americans to read 2 Chronicles after filming
Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick urges Christians in the United States to ‘take over our country’ with prayer as the nation continues to mourn the loss of more than a dozen children massacred in shooting at Robb Primary School in Uvalde on Tuesday. .
Patrick, a Republican, appeared on Fox News on Wednesday to discuss the mass shooting that killed 19 elementary school students and two teachers. Patrick said the tragedy and the political backlash are proof that “we are in a sick society where we are fighting all the time”. He called on the American people to ask themselves “who we are”.
“I believe we are a nation of godly people and godly people need to pray,” he said. “2 Chronicles 7:14 everyone should read tonight. Go to the middle of the Bible, turn right, 2 Chronicles 7:14. Christians need to pray for God to heal our country and we need to take a stand.”
The Bible passage says, “If my people, who are called by my name, humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and heal our earth.”
Patrick acknowledged that not everyone is a Christian, but stressed that those who are Christians “must take over our country.”
“And we do that through prayer,” he said. “You can’t change the culture of a country without changing the character of the people, and you just can’t change the character without changing a heart and you can’t do it without turning to God.”
Patrick’s interview with Fox News came after Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke interrupted Governor Greg Abbott’s press conference on Wednesday.
O’Rourke used his off-the-cuff remarks to condemn his opponent in the upcoming Texas gubernatorial election for failing to enact what he considers common-sense gun control laws.
“The time has come to stop the next shooting and you do nothing,” O’Rourke proclaimed.
Using profanity, the Republican mayor of Uvalde, Don McLaughlin, told the candidate to leave.
McLaughlin criticized O’Rourke for making the tragedy a “political issue”. As O’Rourke left the auditorium, he told Abbott, “it’s on you,” insinuating that his failure to enact gun control laws prompted the mass shooting.
Patrick, who was about to speak at the press conference when O’Rourke interrupted him, dismissed the idea that stricter gun control laws would have prevented the tragedy. He lamented the state of political discourse in the United States
“This problem is a much bigger problem than the infrastructure, the issue of firearms, [and] mental health issue,” he said. “Whether on the Internet, whether in any area of life, people look at each other every day.
The Lieutenant Governor offered a similar analysis when appearing on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Tuesday. He suggested that the increase in mass shootings stems from a “crass society”.
“When I grew up and most of the people watching grew up and you, we didn’t have those situations,” Patrick said. “We didn’t have mass shooters in our schools.”
“It was a faith-based country,” he added. “This is why we must unite as a people” and resist the urge to “politicize” the mass shootings.
Texas has seen several mass shootings in recent years, including a 2017 shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs that killed 26 people, a 2018 shooting at a high school in Santa Fe that killed 10, and a 2019 shooting in a Walmart in El Paso that claimed the lives of 23 people.
O’Rourke mentioned previous mass shootings during his confrontation with Abbott on Wednesday.
O’Rourke, who previously represented the El Paso, Texas-based 16th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives and unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 2018 and the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, is running against Abbott as he seeks a third term in the November gubernatorial election.
The RealClearPolitics average of the most recent polls taken on the Texas gubernatorial race shows Abbott leading O’Rourke by 6.7 percentage points.
Two days after the school shooting, details are still emerging about the shooter killed by police. Shortly after the shooting, Abbott identified 18-year-old Salvador Ramos as the perpetrator.
Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org