Former Army Officer and Self-Described ‘Gun Lover’ Blames ‘Automatic Rifle’ for Texas Shooting 

In a clip that went viral this week, a former Army Officer and self-described “gun lover” argued that the government needs to further restrict 2A rights to prevent mass shootings like the recent mall attack in Allen, Texas.

“When you get hit with an automatic weapon fire at close range, there is no opportunity for survival,” Steven Spainhouer told MSNBC in an interview

Spainhouer, who is also a former police officer continued, “I don’t know what the gunman’s problem was, but it wasn’t mental health that killed these people. It was an automatic rifle with bullets.”

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The shooting happened on Saturday inside the Allen Premium Outlets.  Nine people were killed, including the perpetrator. Spainhouer was reportedly in the mall during the attack.

Mainstream media is reporting that the gunman used an “AR-15-style rifle” in the attack.

“I’m a gun lover. I have guns. I’m a former police officer. I’m a former Army officer. But these M-4s, AR-15s, they’ve got to get off the streets, or this is going to keep happening,” Spainhouer said during the Sunday interview. “We’ve got to stop that at some point.”

“All the politicians are going to make statements. They’re going to offer prayers and condolences,” Spainhouer added. “Prayers and condolences won’t bring these people back. We need some action in our legislatures at the federal and state level for better gun control. And I’m saying that as someone who loves guns.”

President Biden on Sunday called on Congress to pass a sweeping ban on “assault weapons.” Biden vowed to sign the bill into law, “immediately.”

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  • Tip Tover June 2, 2023, 9:14 am

    Actually he was not in the mall during the attack. They have these things called cameras now and he’s not on them. They didn’t see any automatic weapons on them either. Don’t let that stand in the way of the narrative… I wonder if he got paid?

  • Charlie Whiskey May 15, 2023, 10:40 am

    He’s got a point. I’m afraid to go home today; I’ve got (X) loaded ARs at home. They’re probably conspiring to get me as soon as I walk through the door. (And my good-for-nothing Labradore is likely just watching and doing nothing to stop them.)

  • Kevin Jamison May 13, 2023, 5:06 pm

    Steven Spainhouer is either a total moron, a propagandist or at least has a total lack of logic.
    When someone runs over somebody with a car, they don’t push to outlaw cars.
    When someone strangles somebody or kills them with their fists, they don’t push to outlaw hands.
    When someone beats someone to death with a club or a hammer, they don’t push to outlaw clubs or hammers.
    When someone gets stabbed to death with a steak knife, they don’t push to outlaw steak knives.
    If they don’t want people to get killed, perhaps they should pass a law making it illegal to kill people?
    But somehow we must outlaw all the guns? The only logic behind that is that when the citizens are disarmed the government can control them.

  • Rick H May 13, 2023, 3:07 pm

    Last time I checked, killing people was “against the law”. There are laws in place to prevent that. See where I’m going with this?

    • Bob W May 14, 2023, 11:16 am

      Criminals and nuts don’t obey laws which is why we should be the only ones with guns and make sure they can’t get one. And for the record I’m not left wing liberal democrat asshole. I’m just an anti trump Republican who wants to make America great like it was before trump split us up. Remember, it’s the UNITED States of America. United we stand and you can bet your ass that divided we will fall.

      • Charlie Whiskey May 15, 2023, 10:42 am

        Thanks RINO Bob.

  • Bob W May 13, 2023, 10:01 am

    And I am a U S Army veteran, retired New York City Fire Officer who was at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and weeks after, and a guy who owns a shit load of guns, but I guess my opinion means nothing to all you one sided morons.

    • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment May 14, 2023, 12:38 pm

      Nope it don’t! I figured I better tell you because I doubt you would figure it out….

  • Bob W May 13, 2023, 9:56 am

    It’s sad that this site only allows one sided comments. I put something up and it was gone in five minutes. I guess you people really don’t want to hear what someone with a brain has to say. That’s why this country is so fucked up. Keep driving this once great country down the shitter if that’s what makes you all happy.

    • Hondo May 16, 2023, 6:41 am

      Bob, why are you such a whiney bitch?

  • Bob W May 13, 2023, 9:40 am

    Sorry it’s too late to keep semi’s off the street. There are just too many of them out there. But it’s not to late to stop allowing the crazies and the criminals from getting them. Background checks in every state in the country now. If you’re nuts or a criminal, no guns for you. Pretty simple. It won’t stop all the murders but it will definitely bring the numbers down.

  • Greg May 12, 2023, 10:51 pm

    Yes, we banned alcohol and stopped everyone from drinking!
    No more drunk drivers killing innocent people on the highways!
    Yes, banned the use of illegal drugs and everyone stopped taking drugs! No more drug overdoses!
    Now let’s ban all the guns so no one but our government has them, and we’ll all be safe from crime, murders, and government Tyranny!!!

  • William Quirk May 12, 2023, 5:30 pm

    Just short about STEVEN SPAINHOUERL , He is an IDIOT and probably A Libturd!

  • veit vet 69 May 12, 2023, 3:32 pm

    All you AR15 owners better keep an eye on your weapon because they can MAKE people kill other people just like spoons make people fat and cars make people drive drunk.
    Seriously it’s the deranged monsters controlling the weapon and if it wasn’t available they would find
    another to way to carry out their agenda.

    • D.J. May 12, 2023, 3:56 pm

      There it is .

  • Steven m May 12, 2023, 3:17 pm

    People like this is whats wrong with the world guns dont kill people. People kill people!!! I have a ar15 with 100 round drum in hey guess what it has never killed anyone people like biden needs to just hang thierself in leave it to their families to sue companies for making the rope what yall problem is u have people like the senates of nc whos exact words was they feel intimidated by someone carrying a gun all they wanna do is strip every constitutional right we have left like they haven’t already did enought damage to the world

  • No_Step_on_Snake May 12, 2023, 2:37 pm

    I’ll bet he votes Demonrat too… Drink the left kool-aid much?…

  • dave danger May 12, 2023, 1:35 pm

    OK, first you surrender your guns.

  • Desperado 6 May 12, 2023, 1:21 pm

    For all your credentials, you seem to not even be able to differentiate semi-automatic from automatic. You also seem to confuse an inanimate object with animate objects. Without someone pulling the trigger, the gun can’t fire. Without someone to load the bullets, the bullets can’t be fired. Only the person that pulls the trigger is to blame. And if for some reason they can’t get a gun, then they will fins another way – machete, car, hammer, speargun, bow and arrow – you name it… if it can kill they will find it and use it.
    I too was an Army Officer for 9 years, I swore an oath to defend the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. Maybe you should relook the oath you took and re-evaluate your beliefs, because you are betraying the oath you took.

  • JJ Karn May 12, 2023, 12:46 pm

    Funny how it’s never an “Army Sergeant” or an “NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer)” making these statements, it’s always an officer. With a decade and a half of military service, I can honestly state that the vast majority of commissioned officers (not all) that I have encountered were idiots. Sure, they had a college degree, but most had little to no common sense or practical knowledge. And every one above the rank of Major was more of a politician who was bucking for a star than they were a boots-on-the-ground soldier. I’m not saying that is universally true, it’s just my personal experience.

    • Gus May 12, 2023, 4:46 pm

      I have a college degree and chose to enlist. I could have gotten an officer commission. I chose not to. I am a retired MSG and took the oath several times in my 21 years and I guarantee that I will continue to protect the Constitution from both foreign and domestic enemies. It appears that the domestic threats are more obvious with our blow hard Politicians who know nothing of which they speak.

  • Nick May 12, 2023, 12:12 pm

    I must have some lazy firearms. I mean you can watch them for days and the lazy things never move.
    I know that anyone that claims a firearm went out and killed people without a mental defect operating it should not ever reproduce.
    No tool has ever hurt anyone without a person using it.

  • FROG May 12, 2023, 12:07 pm

    Army Officer my behind, military personnel know guns just don’t jump up and start shooting @ people, this so-called officer must have been in charge of those little GI Joe plastic figurines when we were growing up as kids. Guns don’t kill people, evil people with mental issues, hate, and no belief in God are the ones that kill-Period!

  • Lloyd Honaker May 12, 2023, 11:57 am

    As a concerned citizen, I sometimes have to sit and wonder if we are being lead by morons. If you beat somone to death with a hammer, nobody blames Stanley, for making the hammer, or the hammer itself, they blame the perpetrator who used the hammer. This supposed retired army officer, references automatic weapons, but does not blame the nut behind it. The rifle, pistol, hammer, knife, or brick for that matter, did not walk there on its own and decide to start killing. We lose sight of basic realities, that the killer is a human, that made a decision to kill. The tool or method is not the issue, but that human. The lack of focus on mental health, is a bigger problem than the AR-15. If all guns were gone from the world, may i remind you of the saying, that A running man with a knife, can cut a hundred throats in a night. Would it be a knife problem or a people problem then? Truthfully I believe it is a political problem, because parties gave us agendas, and their parties and power is more important than the citizens, and country that they represent. Fix the mental health crisis, and enforce laws, and for some odd reason I believe this crap will stop.

    • Davron May 12, 2023, 1:43 pm

      If all guns were removed, then the strong would inherit the Earth and any equality that has been provided by technology would be instantly gone. I’d go one step further. The politics are causing the problem as it is creating many of the mental health issues. I, however, don’t think that it can be fixed. They spent the past 30 years teaching people not to think, but to feel, and only to feel what the media and political leaders tell them to feel. They also taught them to not understand cause and effect and that actions have no consequences. You can’t reverse that.

    • JRH May 12, 2023, 2:29 pm

      You got that right about the tool. When Cain killed Abel, God didn’t go looking for the rock, He went looking for Cain.

  • Jeff Ogle May 12, 2023, 11:24 am

    Gun lover, eh? Former military, ex-cop… you’d think you’d know that the weapon the gunman used was not an automatic. It’s a SEMI-AUTOMATIC. Right, Mr. Gun Lover? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I know of no individual(s) who’ve used a true fully automatic weapon in these mass shootings. How ’bout this? How ’bout enforcing the gun laws already on the books that are being ignored? Look, I wouldn’t be too opposed to limiting magazine capacities, but to confiscate AR-15s and M-4s because your ilk falsely classifies them as “assault or automatic weapons” is naive at best. For someone who may not know the difference, fully automatic weapons keep cycling through ammo at a high rate of fire as long as the trigger is held down until the magazine, drum, or ammunition belt is empty. SEMI-AUTO firearms discharge one round at a time with each trigger pull. What’s next? The countless semi-auto handguns in a wide variety of calibers? Do you think they’re “automatic” as well? There’s something terribly wrong in this country… and it’s with people, not guns. It’s a fact that guns don’t kill people. Someone has to pull the trigger. People have been killing others since Cain killed Abel (and it wasn’t with a gun). Get rid of all the guns, and how would like to die? Blunt force trauma with a bat, rock, or whatever? Have your throat slit or stabbed to death? How ’bout being hacked to death with a machete, axe, or hatchet… or maybe an arrow from a bow or crossbow? Would you rather be poisoned? How ’bout being torn to shreds or burned alive from a homemade bomb? You say, “well, you can’t kill multiple people with weapons like that.” Hmmm..if Timothy McVey was alive, you could try telling him that. Do you not think that a man with a machete in each hand could run through a mall, hacking people right and left as he goes, could kill scores of people? Until we stop this insanity of trying to ban the police and releasing dangerous felons, including rapists, murderers, and pedophiles back on the street and refusing to prosecute the same, it’s gonna get worse, Mr. Gun Lover. Killing is not the fault of a knife, poison, fire, axe, car, rock or gun. The fault lies in the hearts and minds of people. Banning AR-15s and M-4s is not gonna solve that.

    • Edward Allen May 12, 2023, 8:40 pm

      You are correct about fully automatic weapons NOT being used. There was a single case of a full auto rifle that was used and that was by a police officer in the 1960s.

  • ffwest May 12, 2023, 11:13 am

    Army Officers like Naval Officers have a bad habit about speaking when they should keep their mouths shut. They are trained to believe they are all-knowing and all caring even though they are neither. I spent 20 years in the Navy, and to be honest there may have been a hand full of officers that I truly trusted and respected. So just because an Army Officer makes those claims that he made, doesn’t make him right or all-knowing on the subject matter. In fact it would be nice to see his actual service jacket just to verify what his expertise was. It would also be nice to see his Fitness Reports just to get an idea of what his seniors thought about him and his experience. What I am saying is just because he is ex-army, that in and of itself does not make him an expert on firearms. Hell many officers never see an actual firearm other than maybe basic firearms training. I know during my 20 year career, I never had to actually use a firearm, however, I did chose to go to the range and qualify with with both M-14 and 1911. Earning scores high enough to earn the title of Pistol and Rifle Expert.

  • AK May 12, 2023, 10:58 am

    Spanauer: “I’m a gun lover.”

    David Duke: “Some of my best friends are black.”

  • AK May 12, 2023, 10:56 am

    Bloomberg got to him pretty quickly, I see. OY$$$$$$$$$$

  • Chuck Matson May 12, 2023, 10:46 am

    How about piss-off instead mr. former whatever.

  • Guy May 12, 2023, 10:11 am

    Can’t believe a former Army officer doesn’t know the difference between an automatic (M-4) and semiautomatic (AR-15) rifle. Must have been an admin REMF. Maybe Finance or Quartermaster branch?

  • Ger May 12, 2023, 10:10 am

    Right. Another useful idiot gets his 15 minutes of fame. I’m shocked.

  • Zed Noone May 12, 2023, 9:39 am

    Spainhouer might explain how the “automatic rifle with bullets” got to the mall and loaded itself and pulled it’s own trigger? Retired Army Officers and former Police Officers can be as stupid as anyone. My question for him is, would he be happier if the nine dead people had been murdered by the killer using an SUV?, as in the vehicle mass murder at a bus stop in Texas?

  • Jack May 12, 2023, 8:46 am

    I am not a law enforcement officer, I was not in any military service, but even I know that a semi-automatic gun is NOT an automatic (AR-15).
    Now, can it be converted to an automatic? YES, but then it wouldn’t be an AR-15. I get the impression this guy has “rights” that he wants taken away from other “gun lovers” but won’t apply to himself. Just like the rest of government these days. Take rights away from the citizens, but NOT the governing people “in charge”. Sound familiar ??

  • George May 12, 2023, 8:12 am

    Proof that being a former army officer does not equal being smart.

    • Ger May 12, 2023, 10:11 am

      Hell, we learned that in the Army!

  • Incredulous May 12, 2023, 7:34 am

    If this guy had more than half a brain maybe he could have held onto one of those jobs he used to have that supposedly now make him an expert on mental health, guns and sociology. He’s so incredibly stupid. “Automatic rifle”? “No chance for survival”? “Prayers and condolences won’t bring (dead) people back… (so) we need better gun control”? Huh? No wonder Hairplugs Biden and Kamaltoe Harris got elected. There are so many idiots like this running loose.

  • Randy May 12, 2023, 7:25 am

    I’m glad such an ignorant person is no longer serving in the military or as a police officer.

  • Douglas May 12, 2023, 7:21 am

    This man is a liberal. Yes he’s gonna say it was the gun. I want to know where the gun’s trigger finger is.

  • Grumpy Old Biker May 12, 2023, 7:20 am

    Every comment this fat dolt uttered is pure idiocy, not just his “automatic rifle” nonsense. How about when he whined that “there is no chance for survival” when you are hit with “automatic weapon fire”…? A bit of an overstatement by an hysterical pinhead, and s it not? Or when he declared that “prayers and condolences won’t bring these people back. We need… better gun control.” Wow, this guy is a colossal dipstick who has lost control of his girly emotions. Hell, if his precious gun control would bring dead people back to life I would be for it. I am hoping this idiotic posturing went viral because people are laughing at this guy’s non-stop stupidity and not because his claim that he’s a gun lover, an ex-cop and ex-military somehow gives him some added credibility. It doesn’t. And his mindless, overwrought blathering proves it. This clown is no smarter than all the other simpletons who think gun control will fix anything.

  • Dr Motown May 12, 2023, 7:16 am

    “Automatic” rifle, you say, Mr Former “Army officer? “Or was it a “fully automatic semi-automatic with high capacity clip?”

    • Incredulous May 12, 2023, 7:36 am

      Was that last quote from something in particular? If so you should identify the stupid source.

  • Jimmy Smith May 12, 2023, 7:11 am

    So, according to Steven, this automatic rifle began killing people all by itself! I guess that’s what he means by “automatic rifle”. What an idiot! No, it was a mentally deranged individual. You don’t do something like that unless something is definitely wrong with you. I would question the mental state of anyone who thinks an inanimate object can function on its own.

  • Heavyguns31 May 12, 2023, 6:42 am

    Maybe Stevie shoulda got off his fat army/cop ass and did something other than “witness” and then talk like an idiot to the lame stream. I know my USMC/Cop/armed 24/7 ass would have. Way to go Stevie 🙁 you’re an inspiration….

  • Bradley D Johnson May 12, 2023, 6:05 am

    WHY do the ignorant Media Jackals give air time to such Ignorant Mental Minions !
    What a complete dip shit ?

    • Incredulous May 12, 2023, 11:26 am

      The media will give airtime to any brain damaged loser who will parrot back the leftie party line. Look at that weaselly, little David Hogg.

  • John Mead May 12, 2023, 6:03 am

    This supposed Army Officer is either a fake or has forgotten his Oath to obey and protect the Constitution. Also he doesnt know a gun from a hole in the ground. the AR style weapon was not an automatic. Automatics are illegal to own without special permit or are in Military or other gov’t position. So if he had an automatic he got it illegally so he was breaking the law to just have it.

  • leigh May 12, 2023, 5:49 am

    Does not know much about firearms if he thinks an AR-15 is an automatic rifle. Just sayin’… .

  • Larry Yates Colvin May 12, 2023, 5:15 am

    Did the gun point itself at the victims? Did the gun pull its own trigger? Come on people, 🙄 stop being so ignorant. The man was the person who OPERATED the firearm. It was the man who LOADED the bullets, they didn’t just jump into the magazine.

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment May 12, 2023, 5:06 am

    I think this guy is a bullshitter about his service and law enforcement careers! Alas no one will check into that….

  • Neil May 12, 2023, 4:06 am

    I hate to break it to you buddy but getting hit by any bullet at close range and your survival is minimal. That’s why I don’t believe you know shit about guns. Besides the shooter or any other that does this very definatly has a mental issue. Keep on saying it’s the guns and bullets that kill but someone has to pull that trigger. If I had one of those black scary looking gun and stood it in the corner ill bet you a million dollars it won’t go out on a shooting spree. How much are they paying you to say that.

  • Mark N. May 12, 2023, 12:31 am

    No surprise. You say he was an officer, so I have to wonder his rank. The higher in rank you are, the more likely you will become anti-gun. By the time you become a general, you know next to nothing about small arms, such as the general who talked about, what was it now, “full semiautomatic mode”? He talked all about how devastating the .223 wound is, but strangely never mentioned the M110 7.62×51/.308 round, which is by far more powerful as well as one of the top favorite deer/general purpose rounds on the market. Idiots.

  • bobsyouruncle May 10, 2023, 1:56 pm

    These are comments from a guy that served in the military that failed to warn the public about potential danger. Thank you for your service.

    • Grumpy Old Biker May 12, 2023, 7:28 am

      The clown in the video is a complete idiot but you’re not much smarter yourself.

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