When speaking Sunday about the horrific mass murder that occurred at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, President Trump mentioned the need to address mental health issues and commented that he was thankful that someone else had a gun and was able to stop the killer as he left the church. Unfortunately he had already killed 26 people, but at least there are citizens willing to confront evil with action who might have saved more lives for all we know.
Report on the President’s comments from CNBC:
When asked whether U.S. gun control measures could have been the key to the Texas shooting, Trump replied, “Mental health is your problem here.”
“This isn’t a guns situation,” he said, before adding, “This is a mental health problem at the highest level. It’s a very, very sad event.”
At least 26 people were killed and about 20 others were wounded after a gunman opened fire during a Sunday service at a Texas church. The victims ranged in age from 5 to 72-years-old.
Speaking at a joint press conference in Tokyo, Japan, alongside Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump described the shooter as “a very deranged individual.”
There is something refreshing about a President pointing out problems that can be addressed, rather than immediately calling for stripping rights away from Americans. In the case of the Texas church killer, his record should have prevented him from buying a firearm, but the system failed. This is a prime example of why background checks are not the magic unicorn of ending mass murder in the United States. Gun control doesn’t remove the anger and evil that lies within the hearts of bad people.
As the President pointed out, it was meeting force with force that ended the situation. We pray for the people in this community and within this church. We pray that God’s will would be done and this community and church can find peace and comfort they so desperately need.