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Democrats renew calls for gun control after Texas massacre

by Evan Wilt
Posted 11/06/17, 11:01 am

WASHINGTON—Democratic leaders have renewed calls for new gun control measures after a man killed 26 people at a Texas church Sunday. “The terrifying fact is that no one is safe so long as Congress chooses to do absolutely nothing in the face of this epidemic,” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said in a statement after the attack. “The time is now for Congress to shed its cowardly cover and do something.” According to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, state officials denied shooter Devin Patrick Kelley a permit to carry a gun, but law enforcement officials say he bought a Ruger AR-556 rifle in April from an Academy Sports and Outdoors store in San Antonio. Sunday’s attack is the deadliest church shooting in U.S. history and the fifth deadliest act of gun violence ever recorded in the United States. The victims at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs ranged from an unborn baby to 77 years old. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., joined Murphy in asking how many more mass shootings need to occur for Republicans to reconsider the nation’s gun policies: “Thoughts & prayers are not enough, GOP,” she tweeted. “We must end this violence. We must stop these tragedies. People are dying while you wait.” Democrats similarly called for new gun laws after last month’s massacre in Las Vegas and in the wake of the June 2016 mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla. President Donald Trump told reporters Sunday the suspected shooter was a deranged individual and said his actions had more to do with mental health issues than gun policies: “This isn’t a guns situation. Fortunately, somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction.”

Editor’s note: This article has been edited to include a 27th death in the shooting, an unborn child, and correct the age range of the victims.

UPDATE: On Tuesday, Nov. 7, officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety said their count of 26 deaths from the shooting included the unborn child of Crystal Holcombe, who was pregnant when she and three of her other children were killed.

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  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Mon, 11/06/2017 03:03 pm

    You could try praying, Ms. Warren. It is enough, because my God is above all, through all and in all. In Him we live, move and have our being.

    Colossians 1:15-20 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

    Let's see now.....hmmm......prayer......gun control.......which is enough?

  • news2me
    Posted: Mon, 11/06/2017 07:44 pm

    Obama didn't call for gun control during his reign when he encouraged people to shoot police. He didn't call for gun control when he was gun running Fast and Furious. He didn't call for gun control when he was gun running to terrorists in Bengazi. 

  • news2me
    Posted: Mon, 11/06/2017 07:45 pm

    What were Dems doing when they were in control of DC during Obama's reign? Why was Obamacare more important than gun control?

  • Rev Ray
    Posted: Mon, 11/06/2017 09:25 pm

    As the story develops more information about how the shooter was able to obtain a firearm has been uncovered. The Air Force has admitted that they did not inform the FBI of the shooter's dishonorable discharage. If the FBI had this vital information, the gun sale would have been flagged and terminated at the point of the attempted purchase. The laws to prohibit the sale was already in place. But it cannot work without the proper information being shared by all agencies, military and civilian. The system failed.

  • Allen Johnson
    Posted: Mon, 11/06/2017 09:46 pm

    The American gun fetish bespeaks a troubling spiritual problem. Why do a minority of Americans push with all their might for laws that allow highly lethal weaponry in the hands of almost adult? Assault rifles? Handguns? They are for killing human beings!
    The instrument that is most lethal in the hands of most Americans is the motor vehicle. Yet to operate one, a person must pass a competency test and be licensed and periodically renewed. A vehicle must be titled, registered regularly, and insured.  Vehicles have identification on them to trace if stolen. Possession or use of a motor vehicle unauthorized can lead to jail. Airplanes, commercial trucks, etc. have more stringent requirements. But law-abiding motorists can go anywhere they want.
    The purpose of guns is different in one respect that automobiles. The function of guns is to kill. Yes, target practice can be a sport, but even hunters use their guns to kill. Other guns in my opinion should be strictly controlled.  But at a deeper root, the problem of gun violence is a national spiritual crisis that infects much of the nation.  The love of guns is not a good thing.

  • Harlan Paulson
    Posted: Thu, 11/09/2017 01:00 pm

    As one who believes God sees  a baby in the womb as a person, the count in this article is confusing. Is it 26 including the baby? Let's get our count straight.

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Thu, 11/09/2017 03:57 pm

    As stated at the end of the article, the initial count of 26 dead was thought to not include the unborn child, so WORLD upped its reported count to 27 on Monday. On Tuesday, the Texas Department of Public Safety clarified that it had included the unborn baby in its counts, so WORLD revised it back to 26. Kudos to the Texas DPS for including the unborn child all along.