As of last night, two of the five most fatal mass shootings in the history of the United States occurred within the last 35 days.
One of these horrific massacres was of course the Las Vegas shooting which took place last month, and the latest carnage took place yesterday.
On Sunday evening, a Texas gunman killed 26 people and injured 20 others in a baptist church. The man opened fire at the congregation in the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and killed his victims indiscriminately. The youngest of the 26 victims was aged five, and the oldest was 72.
A 26-year-old man named Devin Patrick Kelley has now been identified as the gunman. Although it is still unclear as to what Kelley’s motive for the shooting was, investigators are woking towards finding one.
What we do now about the shooter was that he was found dead from a gunshot wound some miles away from the scene of the crime.
Kelley was also identified as a former member of the US Air Force where he served at a Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010.
In 2012, he was court-maritaled for two counts of Article 128 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice when he physically assaulted both his wife and their child. As punishment, he received 12 months of confinement, a reduction in rank and a bad conduct discharge.
Soon after news of the tragedy broke out, it was confirmed as the most catastrophic mass shooting in the south central state.
The incident occurred just a month after the biggest mass shooting in US history in Vegas in which 64-year-old Stephen Paddock took the lives of 59 and injured hundreds.
According to studies, there have been 1520 mass shootings since the carnage that took place in Sandy Hook elementary school in December 2012, perpetrated by 20-year-old Adam Lanza.
In response to these tragedies, a civil rights activist has been making waves on Twitter for a very important reason, and people are hoping Congress will finally listen to what the anti-gun lobbyists have to say.
Michael Skolnik, who works as a civil rights activist and motivational speaker used the tragedy to comment on the issues that the US is facing right now. He also maintained that politicians have been failing the nation by not speaking out enough on the possible introduction of stricter gun laws.
The shoe bomber was a reference to Richard Reid, a terrorist who, in December 2001, tried and failed to blow up a plane flying from Paris to Miami with explosives hidden in his shoes.
While the planned attack failed, it meant that henceforth US airports began introducing much stricter measures to ensure safety for their passengers. From then on anyone flying from a US airport had to remove their shoes when going through security.
And it’s not only in the US where this change in security procedure has taken place, in fact, many airports around the world have adopted this policy.
Skolnik has since tweeted several other responses to the attack, many of which have divided users:
Sadly, many people believe that the fact the gunman was reportedly stopped by an armed civilian is enough of a reason to make Skolnik’s opinion void.
But at the end of the day, is fighting guns with more guns really the logical answer here. Many people still seem to think so:
It is still up in the air as to whether congress will work towards introducing tougher gun laws in response to shooting in the baptist church.
You will probably remember that back in January 2016, during his time in office, Barack Obama delivered a speech to Congress asking them to take greater action in combatting the US gun issues, but there wasn’t enough support for his side. However, no one can deny that something needs to be done in wake of the last 35 days.
What happened in Texas on Sunday was a tragedy, pure and simple. And the idea of someone taking advantage of such a horrific massacre in order to further their own ideologies may seem callous. However, it is an indisputable fact that the US has a huge problem with gun crime that needs to be addressed urgently.