Texas Church Massacre
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Cities sue Defense Department over background-check failures

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 12/27/17, 11:06 am

Three large U.S. cities filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against the Department of Defense, alleging the U.S. military failed to report “significant numbers” of service members disqualified from gun ownership to the FBI’s national background check system. New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia said in the suit that the error led to the November massacre of 26 people at a Texas church. The killer, Devin P. Kelley, was a former member of the U.S. Air Force and should not have been allowed to purchase a gun due to an assault conviction.

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Agony and glory

Religion | Sutherland Springs reminds us politics isn’t ultimate
by Jamie Dean
Posted 11/17/17, 12:46 pm

In a news week consumed with the ugly convulsions in a Senate race in Alabama, my mind keeps returning to the red roses in a tiny church in Texas.

Have you seen the images?

The members of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, turned the site of a madman’s massacre in their little sanctuary into a moving memorial to the 26 churchgoers cut down during morning worship on Nov. 5.

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Senators introduce background check compliance bill

by Evan Wilt
Posted 11/16/17, 12:27 pm

WASHINGTON—A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation Thursday to bolster the U.S. background check system for purchasing guns in response to the Nov. 5 mass shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican, and longtime gun control advocate Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., co-authored the bill.

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