On Sunday morning, a mass shooting at a church in Texas claimed at least 26 lives when 26 year-old Devin Patrick Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and began shooting at the people attending a church service there. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said:
‘We don’t know if that number will rise or not, but we know is that’s too many and this will be a long, suffering mourning for those in pain.
‘We are dealing with the largest mass shooting in our state’s history.’
The shooting happened at 11:20 a.m. and ended with the gunman turning his “assault-type” rifle on himself. The victims ranged from ages 5 to 72 years of age.
Just a month ago, a gunman on a high floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas opened fire during a Jason Aldean concert, killing 59 people and injuring 527 others, which makes it one of the largest mass shootings in U.S. history. The 64 year-old shooter, Stephen Paddock, eventually turned a rifle on himself and found dead inside of his hotel room.
Gun violence has become an epidemic of enormous proportions in the United States and lawmakers are still doing virtually nothing to curb the issue. The U.S. now has the 31st highest rate of gun violence in the world. This is why people need to start demanding a lot more out of their legislators.
Sadly, but not surprisingly, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) tweeted this response to Sunday’s Texas church shooting:
People angrily shot back at Ryan’s shallow tweet:
After being endorsed by The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund back in July 2016, it’s not shocking that Paul Ryan is offering up empty tweets of prayers for the victims of the shooting. According to NRA-ILA:
‘Paul Ryan has earned an “A+” from the NRA for this election.’
There is no way Ryan is going to go against one of his top endorsers, considering he knows who fills his pockets. Something needs to happen very soon though.
Watch what Senator Murphy (D-CT) had to say about mass shootings last month.
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