Whenever there is a mass shooting, the topic of gun control is never far behind. Typically, Democrats are the most vocal protestors on the issue. Former President Obama called for action following this latest mass shooting, indicating that steps needed to be taken to reduce the number of weapons in the country.
“We grieve with all the families in Sutherland Springs harmed by this act of hatred, and we’ll stand with the survivors as they recover,” Obama tweeted after the mass shooting in Texas. “May God also grant all of us the wisdom to ask what concrete steps we can take to reduce the violence and weaponry in our midst.”
Those within the ranks of the Democratic party soon fell in line with their former leader as Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut said, “No one is safe so long as Congress chooses to do precisely nothing.”
He added: The paralysis you feel right now – the impotent helplessness that washes over you as news of another mass slaughter scrolls across the television screen – isn’t real.”
President Trump was briefed on the issue while abroad in Japan. Trump called the shooter’s act an “act of evil,” but the president steered clear of any reference to gun control.
An estimated 26 people were gunned down inside the Baptist church in Sutherland, Texas. The gunman, Devin Kelley, reportedly entered the church and opened fire.
The motive for the shooting is unknown as of now. Numerous media outlets, such as the New York Times, report that Kelley had strong religious views, but investigators are still trying to piece together what motivated Kelley to this horrific act.
Reports indicate that Kelley was confronted by two armed civilians, and a car chase ensued. The chase ended when Kelley crashed his vehicle making a sharp turn.
When law enforcement arrived on the scene, Kelley was reported dead from a gunshot wound. “We don’t know if it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if he was shot by our local resident who engaged him with gunfire,” authorities explained in a press conference.
More answers should be available in the days ahead as the investigation continues.