As the left calls for increased gun control measures following Friday's fatal shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, a former NYPD detective appeared on Fox News to explain why such policies, including stricter background checks, won't make a difference.
“I think it's empty rhetoric. It's false narrative. It's posturing,” Pat Brosnan said on “Cavuto Live” on Saturday. “The fact is that more background checks, more aggressive vetting with gun control is not the answer. It never has been.”
The accused shooter, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, allegedly gunned down and killed 10 people and wounded at least another 10. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the tragedy “the worst disaster to ever strike this community,” but Brosnan says gun control wouldn't have prevented it.
“Unless you can devise a weapon or an instrument that can make [firearms] inoperable, they're out there," he said. ”[...] The answer is in technology. The answer is in training. The answer is in a school resource officer who has a weapon."
Fmr NYPD Detective @PatrickJBrosnan: “If not one more gun was manufactured today, Neil, at 10:15 on the 19th, there'd still be 300 million to deal with... The answer is in technology. The answer is in training. The answer is in a school resource officer who has a weapon.” pic.twitter.com/A3wtP5Ydzt
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 19, 2018
Pagourtzis reportedly used two firearms in the shooting, neither of which he had obtained legally. According to Abbott, he had gotten them from his father — which came as no surprise to Brosnan.
“No surprises. The fact is he had access to these weapons that his father had,” he said. “They evidently weren't properly safeguarded.”
In the wake of the shooting, prominent liberal figures used the opportunity to urge Congress to take action on gun reform in the United States, with some even placing blame for lack of action on President Donald Trump himself:
I am closely following reports out of Texas in the wake of today’s awful shooting. My heart is with the students & all who are waiting to hear from loved ones. Deeply thankful for our heroic first responders. Congress has a duty to take action to save lives. #neveragain
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) May 18, 2018
.@realDonaldTrump DO SOMETHING
Andrew M. Cuomo
Father of Cara, Mariah and Michaela
Governor of New York
NRA “F” Rated Elected Official pic.twitter.com/e19h8hQkGE
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 18, 2018