Another Mass Shooting

Members of Congress rushed to the capital for an emergency session on legislation in an attempt to curve the amount of gun violence in this country. Is a headline you will never, ever read no matter how many of these we see.

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Tex. — A gunman wearing all black and a ballistic vest opened fire with a rifle outside a small Baptist church in rural Texas and continued firing inside the building on Sunday, killing at least 26 people and turning a tiny town east of San Antonio into the scene of the country’s most recent mass horror.

Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas confirmed the death toll, which has steadily increased throughout the day after the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. A pregnant woman and children were among the dead.

The authorities said at least 20 people were also injured. Among those killed, 23 people died inside the church, two outside the building and one person died after being transported to a hospital. The ages of the wounded and dead ranged from 5 to 72, the authorities said.


  1. One of the pro-gun people I talk to insists that if everyone had guns, shootings like this could be stopped. Well, at least one person in the vicinity had a gun (and, given that it was Texas, I bet there were more than one) and it stopped nothing. At least, all the reports I’ve seen said that the shooter killed himself. If I’m wrong, then I will stand corrected.

    1. This was a very tiny town, and it being in Texas has nothing to do with more people in the vicinity having guns. From what NPR told me this morning, there was a bystander that shot at the gunman while he was shooting bullets into the church building. Then the gunman jumped in his car and sped off, but was hit by a bullet. They think he died behind the wheel and inevitably crashed his car afterwards.

      But yeah, this has nothing to do with it being in Texas.

      1. You’re right. I shouldn’t mischaracterise the entire state, so I apology for that. The people who I’ve had such conversations with happen to both be from Texas, which is why I may have jumped to that remark.

  2. Something else that just occurred to me: Let’s put gun control aside for a minute. If Trump and other Republicans are so quick to point to serious mental,health issues, why aren’t they more willing to work for better mental health care for Americans? Seems as though that would be a lot less controversial.

    1. It’s easier to just cut mental health care and give the super-rich more tax cuts. The mental health benefits will trickle down. Duh.

      1. Okay, if we’re supposed to wait for a trickle-down of mental health from the wealthy, where can I stand to make sure I’m not in any trickle emanating from Donald Trump…or his cohorts?

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