The former NFL running back proposed that law enforcement develop “a department that can look at young men that’s looking at women that’s looking at their social media” rather than strip U.S. citizens of constitutional rights, likely referencing the alleged shooter’s social media patterns before opening fire at the school on Tuesday.
“What about doing that, looking into things like that, and we can stop that that way?” Walker asked on Fox News.
The Senate hopeful invoked biblical analogies when discussing the Uvalde mass shooting.
“People see that it’s a person wielding that weapon. You know, Cain killed Abel,” Walker told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade. “And that’s the problem that we have. And I said, what we need to do is look into how we can stop those things.”
“We need to get into what happened to him, why, by putting money in mental health. Have people thought about that?” he continued. “We’ve gotta get back into prayer. People thinking now praying is bad. No, it’s not bad. We need to pray for things like that. We need to continue to go out and fight, continue to take your constitutional rights away, and I think we can’t do that.”
When asked by a CNN reporter on Tuesday whether the shooting should lead to new gun laws, Walker responded, “What I like to do is see it and everything and stuff,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Walker, who won the Republican primary for the hotly contested Senate seat earlier this week, suffers from dissociative identity disorder and advocates increased resources dedicated to understanding the shooter’s psyche as opposed to greater restrictions on guns.
Walker has attracted controversy, saying he holds himself “accountable” for his past behavior toward his ex-wife, who has accused him of violence. He did not admit to violent behavior, saying only that, generally speaking, he is “accountable to whatever” he’s done.
If Walker defeats current Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) in November’s midterm elections, he would be the most prominent member of Congress to have detailed struggles with mental illness publicly. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) has also said he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, after fighting in Iraq as part of the U.S. Marine Corps.