Texas shooter got by weapon ban

Jeremy Pe, Staff Writer

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Last Sunday, Texas was the site of another deadly mass shooting. It occurred at Sutherland Springs Church, approximately 30 miles east of San Antonio. The shooter was Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old man from New Braunfels. Kelley killed 26 people and injured 20 more during his attack. After he exited the church, a civilian injured him immensely with two shots. Trying to flee, he jumped in his car and drove away. Police chased him in a high speed pursuit until Kelley crashed his car. When police approached the vehicle and opened the door, Kelley was already dead due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

This event was the deadliest shooting in Texas history done by a single person. It was also the deadliest shooting at a place where people go to worship. This passed the Charleston, South Carolina shooting back in 2015. This also passed the Waddell, Arizona Buddhist temple shooting in 1991.

Kelley shows a past of domestic violence, which resulted in him being prohibited from buying firearms. He received this while he was in the U.S. Air Force. However, the Air Force failed to document this to the F.B.I, and thus Kelley was able to buy a weapon, slipping past his ban. The weapon he bought and used in this shooting was a Ruger AR-556 Rifle, which he posted a picture of on Facebook a week prior.

The victims of the event were a wide variety of ages, ranging from unborn to 77 years old. It sparked outrage from people who demand more gun control. Nine of the victims who were killed were from the same family. One of them was Pastor Bryan Holcombe, who lost his daughter-in-law and unborn grandchild in the attack. Donald Trump addressed the event saying, “I think that mental health is a problem here. Based on preliminary reports, this was a very deranged individual with a lot of problems over a very long period of time. We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries, but this isn’t a guns situation.” This only angered people more, and built up controversy. I personally believe this is a fault on the Air Force for making the mistake of not documenting his case of domestic violence. Mental health problem or not, we have a history of people without mental problems performing mass shootings similar to this.

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Texas shooter got by weapon ban