SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — A San Antonio area congressman said Monday banning more guns and introducing more gun control measures only treats the symptoms that lead to mass shootings, not the problem itself.

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy told KTSA’s Jack Riccardi he noticed many happy people during his recent trip to Israel.

“I saw a community that is happy,” Roy said in the interview. “I saw a community that looks across the table from each other, it puts down its technological devices when they sit down for Shabbat dinner when they celebrate the Sabbath.”

He noted the contrast to a common sight in the United States.

“I think we’ve got a problem where we’ve got 20-something-year-old males — often white — sitting at home — maybe unemployed, maybe they are employed — that are sitting on these technological devices and listening to crazy idiots online and they’re not looking at humanity across the table,” the Republican explained.  “We’ve gotta change our culture.  You want to go treat the symptom by taking away law-abiding citizens’ rights to defend themselves while we’ve got dangerous cartels 150 miles south of San Antonio and we need the ability as American citizens to defend ourselves?  No way.”

Roy said politicians are just running around looking for a solution while the American people understand the need to protect themselves from potential dangers.

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