A member of President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP-led Maricopa County board decries election recount a 'sham' Analysis: Arpaio immigration patrol lawsuit to cost Arizona county at least 2 million Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization MORE's evangelical advisory board is proposing teaching students the Ten Commandments to help stop gun violence.

Pastor Robert Jeffress — the head of megachurch First Baptist Dallas — during an interview on Fox News criticized a "crusade by secularists to remove any acknowledgment" of God from the public square and the country's schools.

He said people have put forth the idea "that we can be good without God."


"Well, that's been a dismal failure," Jeffress added.

"I'd remind our viewers that for the first 150 years of our nation's history, our schoolchildren prayed, they read Scripture in school, they even memorized the Ten Commandments, including the commandment 'Thou shall not kill.'"

"Teaching people, starting with our children, that there is a God to whom they're accountable is not the only thing we need to do to end gun violence, but it's the first thing we need to do," he said.

Jeffress during the interview also praised Trump, saying he is doing an "exceptional job" and has "accomplished more in his first year than any president in history." 
His comments come after hundreds of thousands of people rallied in cities across the country on Saturday to protest gun violence and call for change.
The marches came more than a month after a gunman opened fire at a high school in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 people.
Students who survived the shooting have been leading the charge against gun violence, demanding lawmakers pass new gun laws to prevent shootings.
Several Parkland students spoke during the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., giving emotional speeches where they warned lawmakers they would be voted out of office if they didn't take action.