Not long after the bullets stopped flying at a Texas church shooting that took the lives of 26 people, liberal leaders began calling for gun control. But now another major fact in the case is coming out.
On Sunday, former President Barack Obama wrote, “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.”
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) made a similar call, writing on Twitter, “In addition to offering my prayers and thoughts I also believe Congress must take action on gun violence.”
“The shooter turned his gun on people — kids — in a place of worship. America is in the grips of a gun violence crisis. Congress must act,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) also wrote on Twitter.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal weighed in, too:
But now on Monday, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott revealed that gunman Devin Kelley, 26, actually broke existing gun laws when he carried a firearm to First Baptist Church in the tiny Texas town of Sutherland Springs. According to The Hill, Abbott said Kelley was not legally allowed to buy a gun.
“Current law, as it exists right now, should have prevented him from being able to get a gun. I can tell you that before he made this purchase, he tried to get a gun permit in the state of Texas and was denied that permit,” Abbott explained.
While Abbott did not reveal exactly why Kelley could not legally purchase the gun due to state law, The Hill pointed out that federal law prohibits selling firearms to people who abuse their spouses. Kelley, a former Air Force airman, had been court-martialed five years ago after assaulting his wife and child.
On the other hand, a neighbor who has now been identified as Stephen Willeford is being credited with keeping even more people from getting shot after he grabbed his own rifle and engaged in a gunbattle with Kelley, chasing him away from the church. Kelley dropped his semi-automatic rifle after getting shot by Willeford.
In addition to those killed, at least 20 people were injured in the church shooting, according to CNN. Please continue to pray for their recovery and for the families who lost their loved ones. In related news, a Hollywood celebrity is in big trouble after she blamed a huge segment of our country for the shooting.