By: Aambar Agarwal
10 in critical condition.
On Sunday, November 5, the deadliest shooting in modern Texas history happened. The gunman, Devin Kelley, shot at the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church in Texas with an assault rifle and 15 loaded magazines. Before the attack, Kelley reportedly had a dispute with his mother in law, and sent threatening texts to her. Some victims of this shooting were an 18 month old and a pregnant woman. Kelley died after the attack.
Kelley had a troubled childhood, and an even worse adulthood. He served in the air force from 2010 to 2014 until he was forced to leave on a bad conduct discharge. During his time there, he abused his ex-wife and broke his stepson’s skull, abused animals, and escaped from a mental health facility. Kelley, despite his background, legally purchased firearms. This is troubling, as federal law bars gun ownership if one is committed to a mental institution, has a background of domestic violence, or was honorably discharged. However, the Air Force never added that information on the database.
Trump is not considering putting any regulations on guns, such as vetting gun buyers. According to him, more guns is the answer. He believes if the gunman did not have any guns, there would be many more dead. Trump’s argument does not make sense. However, if there were more restrictions on guns, such as the amount that people could purchase, there would be lesser mass shootings. If there were more thorough background checks, there would be lesser mass shootings. However, Trump still stands firm with his beliefs.
If the Air Force had not made a mistake, this shooting would have never happened. As Former President Obama said on Twitter after the attack, “May God also grant all of us the wisdom to ask what concrete steps we can take to reduce the violence and weaponry in our midst.” Let’s hope that Trump checked this tweet.