On Sunday morning, the small Texas town of Sutherland Springs was rocked after a gunman opened fire, killing at least 26 people and wounding many others during a church service at the First Baptist Church. Sandy Ward, a Sutherland Springs resident, said that four of her grandchildren and daughter-in-law were inside the church when the shooting happened. Her 7 year-old granddaughter died, and the 5 year-old was in surgery.
As Ward waited at the hospital with her son, she said:
‘He’s a wreck, of course, as you can imagine. I’m just in shock.
‘I’m numb. My whole body’s just numb.’
This tragic incident happened just a month after a 64 year-old gunman opened fire from a high floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, killing 59 and injuring 527 others. It seems that any efforts to pass gun reform continue to fall on deaf ears.
On Sunday night, former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted his support for the innocent victims and their families, but unlike Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, he was sure to reiterate the need for prevention:
Many people echoed Biden’s feelings:
Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) said:
‘We are dealing with the largest mass shooting in our state’s history.’
Following the Las Vegas mass shooting last month, Biden also called on Congress to take action against senseless gun violence, tweeting:
‘How long do we let gun violence tear families apart? Enough. Congress & the [White House] should act now to save lives. There’s no excuse for inaction.’
Many Americans are tired of asking, “How many more shootings will it take for Congress to wake up?” The time to stand up to the National Rifle Association (NRA) was yesterday.
Here is an excerpt of CBS live coverage of Sunday’s Texas shooting.
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