Trump Says Texas Church Shooting Is a ‘Mental Health Problem’ Not a ‘Guns Situation’

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Law enforcement officials gather near the First Baptist Church following a shooting on November 5, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

President Donald Trump was asked about the deadly shooting at a Baptist church in Texas during his 12-day trip to Asia. During a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump said the shooting was an issue of mental health, not gun control.

“I think that mental health is your problem here. This was a very — based on preliminary reports — very deranged individual. A lot of problems over a long period of time. We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries,” Trump said.

Devin Patrick Kelley was identified as the shooter. Law enforcement officials said he opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, killing 26 people and wounding more than a dozen others. The church is located just east of San Antonio.

Trump said he doesn’t believe that the shooting was the result of lax gun control laws in the United States.

“But this isn’t a guns situation,” he said. “I mean, we could go into it, but it’s a little bit soon to go into it. But, fortunately, somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction, otherwise it would have been — as bad it was, it would have been much worse.”

“But this is a mental health problem at the highest level. It’s a very, very sad event. These are great people, and a very, very sad event. But that’s the way I view it,” Trump said.

Trump was referring to two men who chased down Kelley in their trucks and exchanged fire with him. Kelley was found dead in his truck just north of Wilson County. Johnnie Langendorff was identified as one of the men who helped pursue him. The other man has not yet been identified.

Sunday’s shooting was one of the deadliest in U.S. history. On October 1, Steven Paddock opened fire on a concert in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more.

Shortly after the shooting, Trump tweeted to his 42 million followers: “May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.”

He later tweeted that “…Americans do what we do best: we pull together. We join hands. We lock arms and through the tears and the sadness, we stand strong…”


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K..Manikandan Moses baby, Erode., Tamil Nadu., India

Some people come to Jesus for various reasons,,,
But my father said ,,it is not miracle alone ,,(my father was a Gospel preacher,,he used to tell people ,, don’t come to Jesus for miracles ,,but come to JESUS confessing you sins ,,come for forgiveness of sins,,)
But forgiveness of sins,,,
But God did a miracle in .y father’s life ,,
As I was with him I knew it,,
Good did a miracle in my father’s life. ,
God bless my father in heaven.
That what I want to say here.
God bless.

K..Manikandan Moses baby, Erode., Tamil Nadu., India

My answers have no connection to any of Trump’s comments about this shooting,,,,
But ,
God had chosen people as his church all with problems .,,
Problems like mental health.
You can not simply say it a mental health problem.
It is life struggle.
It is total reject by own community.
It is life or death matter.
It is phycological ,,,
It is respect for relations ,,,or love ,,,
They are like wheels of a car ,,,
So when one is totally failed in this care ,,,
He comes to church ,,or JESUS..
That’s how my father became a Christian..
We are second or third or fourth generation christans,,,,
A doctor’s wrong treatment,,,
My father got mental health problems because of it ,,,
His own father in law’s unlove words ,,,,,
This led my father to a church,,,to JESUS,,
My mother has an orphan blood their problems and I don’t have anything to say,,,,
But my aunt Mrs.Saraswathi ,,,
got a brother when he passed away of a sickness,,no relations attended the burial,,my aunt’s father himself ALONE carried the Dead body of his son,,
Similarly my father had many relations but nobody helped him in his life struggle,,,
My father and mother told some stories about it,,,
Once my father’s sister’s husband’s relations were eating and merrying ,,,
but my father a small boy that time was not invited to dine with them ,,,
So his sister got uncontrollable tears angry and beaten my father giving him 1ruppee and asked my father to go outside and fed in a hotel. ,,,,,
This is the story of my father how and why he came in refuge to Jesus and church.
I am not saying anything in relation to Trump’s comments,,but take this opportunity to share how and why my father came to JESUS. Or a church.
God bless Trump.

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