Texas Church Shooting
One of the worst shootings in United States history recently took place last week. It occurred in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a small town with a population of just a measly 600 people. 26 people were killed, including children and grandparents.
The shooter has been identified as Devin Patrick Kelley. Kelley was at one point served for the logistics readiness at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, but was later discharged in 2014. After the shooting, officials have done a full background check of the gunman. On his record there were multiple cases of illegal acts These include animal abuse (tackling and punching a Siberian husky), abuse towards his ex-wife and stepson, as well as threatening to kill his ex-wife as well as her entire family. Even with all of these things happening before the shooting last week, the man was still easily able to purchase firearms. Due to this, many criticisms of the gun control laws within Texas as well as the entire nation have been made and questioned.
President Donald Trump has spoken out about this occurrence about the laws of gun control and mental health, as well as given his prayers and thoughts to the people who have lost their life and the lives of their loved ones. Vice President Mike Pence has visited cities and towns in Texas, including Sutherland Springs, to go help out the cause and comfort those in need. A memorial has recently taken place as well for the innocent victims.
Clayton Black, an avid biker and Senior at Bainbridge High School, spoke out about this shooting. “It’s a true tragedy to see our country struggling and split apart by ideology when we should be working together to bring good to the public. The shootings seem to become more and more frequent, and while I have no idea what to do, there has to be someone who does. Hopefully in the near future these issues will be more than addressed by politicians. They must be solved, if not by our government, then by our generation of common people.”