In the most horrible gun massacre in Texas history, at least 26 people were killed and 19 others were left hospitalized when the 26 year-old gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, opened fire with an “assault-type” rifle during a church service at The First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday morning.
The Texas mass shooting comes just one month after 64 year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire from the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas killing 59 and injuring over 500 people. Paddock had 23 guns stockpiled in his hotel room as he shot at the large crowd assembled for a Jason Aldean concert.
The U.S. ranks as the 31st highest for gun violence in the world. Still, all of the senseless gun tragedies and gun violence rates aren’t making Congress work any faster to pass gun reform bills. Speaker of The House Paul Ryan just tweeted on Sunday night, shallowly offering prayers for the victims of the shooting, but not once suggesting that lawmakers needed to take any action.
Now, it appears that Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has decided to use this horrible mass shooting as an excuse to preach what sounded like a sermon to reporters on Monday. Cruz made an appearance in Sutherland Springs approximately 24 hrs. after the shooting occurred. Cruz told reporters:
‘I can tell you as I visited with the pastor, I shared something my father has pointed out before which is in Psalms 23. It says though I go through the valley of death I will fear no evil.’ And the word of encouragement I try to share is, I think the most powerful word in the entire verse is the word through. ‘Through the valley of death.” This is a community that is going to need prayer and it’s going to need help.’
The most insane of Cruz’ remarks comes next, when reporters asked:
‘And do we need gun control now, sir?’
Cruz shot back with this statement:
‘You know, it is an unfortunate thing that the first place the media goes after any murder is politicizing it. We don’t need politics right now.’
This Twitter user got it right:
Many people echoed back Congressman Ted Lieu’s sentiments, not at all afraid to share their anger at the situation.
If there is a time for politics, it is definitely now. No, it’s really not now — the time should have been years ago. Things have escalated to a point in the United States where gun violence has spiraled out of control and assault weapons are almost commonplace. Some serious interventions have to take place soon.
The Los Angeles Times reported:
‘there have been 52,453 episodes of gun violence in 2017 in U.S as of Nov. 6, including 307 mass shootings. This has resulted in 13,175 deaths and 26,978 injuries.’
Patricia Farrell Aidem writes in an LA Times letter to the editor:
‘Our nation’s most fervent prayers should, pardon the expression, target our cowardly, arrogant and greedy lawmakers who place the warped mission of the National Rifle Assn.above our God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’
Patricia has it correct – prayers should definitely target all of the most powerful ones who make our laws.
Watch the video of Ted Cruz’ interview with reporters here.
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