Church opens for first time since shooting

Church opens for first time since shooting

A man dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a church, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 in the deadliest mass shooting in the history of Texas.

This month a small Sutherland Springs church fell victim to a mass shooting. Along with grief and concern over gun violence, the attack also resurfaced an idea: Should we increase security at - or even arm members of - our own churches?

Americans are growing both tired of and numb to reports of mass shootings such as the incidents in Sutherland Springs, Texas and Antioch, Tennessee. "If they believe it's significantly impacting their lives, they may want to look into getting additional help".

He adds; his sense of Texan pride makes it hard for him to be far away from home during the aftermath of the shooting. "We have seen such an outpouring, and salt and light has come to Sutherland Springs like we've never seen before", said Mark Collins, Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. The tragic shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas has changed our way of thinking.

Our country is not in the middle of a bad luck streak when it comes to mass shootings.

While many churches have long had plans for floods or tornadoes, Wohlrabe said violence and bloodshed in a church has always been seen as a societal taboo.

So many people turned up that the tent's side flaps had to be opened so that those who couldn't get a seat could see and hear what was going on inside.

Because I am a pastor, and because I have lost loved ones to gun violence, people ask me how the church and faith community should respond whenever another church shooting occurs.

Pomeroy says he wanted to ensure everyone who walked in to the service "knows that those who died lived for their Lord and savior". Moore was accused of having inappropriate sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32-year-old, according to a Washington Post report.

When the shooting took place last week, the president and his wife first lady Melania Trump were in Japan as part of a five-nation, 12-day tour of Asia.

The front three rows were reserved for survivors of the attack and the families of those killed.

People from other churches have dropped off handmade presents such as prayer cloths and tiny wooden crosses and mental health organizations have provided tissues and brought therapy dogs to the service. But when organizers realized about 500 people were planning to attend, the service was moved outside. Among them was Jackie Lee, who traveled from San Antonio with several friends.

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