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Gun Control

Sutherland Springs Church Shooting

In 2017, a gunman killed 26 people near a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, sparking a debate around guns and the efficacy of existing gun laws.


Shortly after the Las Vegas music festival shooting, another mass shooting occurred at a rural church in Texas. A young man began shooting outside the church and took the lives of 26 people. During an exchange of gunfire with an armed civilian, and multiple gunshot wounds, he took his own life. An investigation revealed that the shooter had multiple weapons in his car, though Texas officials had previously denied him a right-to-carry permit. Additionally, he was discharged from the Air Force for bad behavior and had two charges of assaulting his spouse and child. With the newly revealed information, debates ensued about the efficacy of the current background checks system. It simultaneously raised the question of what would have happened had the civilian not been armed.

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