After 26 people were left dead in a Sunday church shooting in Texas, former president Barack Obama claimed that he thinks further control is necessary. Americans should look to God, says Obama, for “the wisdom to ask what concrete steps we can take to reduce the violence and weaponry in our midst.”
“We grieve with all the families in Sutherland Springs harmed by this act of hatred, and we’ll stand with the survivors as they recover,” Obama wrote, according to the Daily Caller. “May God also grant all of us the wisdom to ask what concrete steps we can take to reduce the violence and weaponry in our midst.”
The shooting on Sunday was carried out by 26-year-old Patrick Kelley and is being called the worst mass shooting in Texas history, as well as the worst church shooting in American history. A local gun owner is reported to have opened fire on Kelley with a rifle, thereby preventing him from taking more lives, the Daily Caller reports.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families in today’s horrible…attack,” Trump said, according to the Daily Caller. “In dark times, and these are dark times, such as these, Americans do what they do best: they pull together.”
“We join hands, we lock arms, and through the tears and through the sadness, we stand strong. All Americans pray to God to help the wounded and the families of the victims,” Trump said.
In the aftermath of a recent church shooting in Sutherland Springs Texas, Democrats are already calling for more gun reform.
According to The Hill, among those who are calling for more gun control are Bob Casey, Dick Durbin, and Kamala Harris, all of whom are Democrats, who have already responded to the mass shooting with political recommendations.
"I’m thinking of and praying for all those impacted by the shooting in Texas. In addition to offering my prayers and thoughts I also believe Congress must take action on gun violence," Casey wrote in two separate tweets, according to The Hill.
State, federal, and local law enforcement are on the ground, and they claim that there are currently no serious threats posed by the gunmen or to the church.
Here's more information on the Democrats calling for more gun control.