On Sunday afternoon, America was once again horrified by yet another mass shooting — this time in a church in the small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas.
As of Monday morning, there were at least 26 dead, and over a dozen more wounded.
In Japan, President Donald Trump addressed the atrocity during a media appearance, The Daily Caller reported.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families in today’s horrible … attack,” Trump said while he was at the U.S. embassy in Japan.
“In dark times, and these are dark times, such as these, Americans do what they do best: they pull together,” he added.
That’s quite a powerful message, one that is fitting for the time. Rather than jumping into a discussion about gun control like his predecessor, Trump is choosing to grieve with America.
“We join hands, we lock arms, and through the tears and through the sadness, we stand strong,” Trump said during his remarks.
“All Americans pray to God to help the wounded and the families of the victims,” he added.
This latest mass shooting truly was a horror. It is officially the deadliest shooting in a church in modern American history, and is one of the deadliest mass shootings of all time in this country.
As of Monday morning, no motive for this shooting had been established, though police had released the identity of the shooter and were combing through every single aspect of his life.
This is a national tragedy, one that will undoubtedly shock this nation and lead to some serious discussion about public safety.
If Americans can’t even go to church without having to worry about a gunman coming in and killing them, then we as a society have become truly lost.
CNN noted that in later remarks Trump stated that this was a “mental health problem” not a “guns situation,” claiming that the shooter was a “very deranged individual.”
“This is a mental health problem at the highest level. It’s a very, very sad event,” he stated.
This is the second high-profile mass shooting to occur under President Trump’s administration, and the first national crisis to occur while he is overseas.
So far Trump has responded well to this. Hopefully in the days ahead Trump will continue to comfort a nation in mourning even while he is an ocean away.
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