On Sunday, Texas experienced the deadliest shooting in its history at the hands of Devin Patrick Kelley. He stepped into a church with a Ruger AR-556 assault rifle and killed 26 people between the ages of 17 months and 77 years old. He had a record of violence and domestic disputes, sending threatening text messages on the morning of the mass shooting.
There is still no clear motive. Officials say that this shooting was not racially or religiously motivated. Officials have noted that there was a “domestic situation” that might have been the catalyst to the massacre.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump addressed the shooting at a conference while he was in South Korea. President Trump was asked if vetting would’ve curtailed this incident, in an effort to point out the hypocrisy he displayed when he immediately called for “more extreme vetting” after the recent attack in New York by someone who turned out to be from Uzbekistan.
He responded by saying that “you would have had hundreds more dead” if there were stricter gun laws in Texas.
Trump talked about Stephen Willeford, one of the citizens who had a gun and decided to chase Kelley, leading to a high-speed car chase that ended with Kelley being shot in the leg. “If you did what you’re suggesting, there would have been no difference three days ago, and you might not have had that very brave person who happened to have a gun or a rifle in his truck go out and shoot him, and hit him and neutralize him,” Trump asserted.
The “Good Guy With A Gun” Myth
Twenty-six people died. A full seven percent of the tiny community has been killed or critically injured. Willeford engaged when the gunman was already leaving, once the heinous, gutless deed was done. No one can say what his next move would’ve been, and our Texan hero was too late to do much good.
Research attests that this is a myth, with Stanford University dissecting four decades of crime data. Most importantly, Stanford extrapolated one simple fact: More people carrying guns correlates to more gun crime.
That’s why you hear such a cry for sensible gun laws, now.
Is anyone listening, or are the politicians in power too busy lining their pockets with money from special interest groups?
Watch Trump’s ridiculous remarks here:
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