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Texas Lt. Governor: Abortion is Part of "Devaluing of Life" That Leads to School Shootings

Calvin Freiburger : May 22, 2018 :

"If we have created a culture, in the words of one Catholic Deacon Greg Kandra, where human life is treated like trash, what do we expect here?" -Jeffrey Lord

(Austin, TX)— [] The Republican lieutenant governor of Texas cited abortion this weekend as one of several factors that have degraded America's respect for human life, which he believes was one of the causes of the recent school shootings in his state. (Screengrab: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick/ABC News/via

A 17-year-old shot and killed eight students and two teachers at Santa Fe High School in Texas last Friday. He was subdued after a shootout with police, and is currently being held on murder and assault charges.

On Sunday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appeared on ABC News' "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos to discuss the case. The two debated a number of topics, including the availability of guns and school security procedures, but Patrick's central thesis was that the problem is rooted in America's "culture of violence."

"We have devalued life, whether it's through abortion, whether it's the breakup of families, through violent movies, and particularly violent video games," Patrick said.

"We can't sit back and say, 'It's the gun.' It's us as a nation, George," Patrick continued. "On this Sunday morning, when we all go to church and pray or go to synagogue or the mosque or wherever we go, let's look inward at ourselves as a nation"...

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