News of the shooting prompted reaction on social media, including the issue over guns. Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who ran for the Senate and later the presidency before ending his campaign in November, wrote that he was “saddened” by the shooting and implied that it indicated the U.S. needs gun reform.
“Clearly what we are doing in Texas, what we are doing in this country, when it comes to guns is not working,” O’Rourke wrote.
Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro, a former mayor of San Antonio, wrote in his tweet: “We can take steps to reduce these horrific attacks right now—we just need our elected leaders to have the courage to act.”
Andrew Young, another Democratic presidential candidate, offered his thoughts about the incident: “The shooting at a church near Fort Worth today is an awful story of lethal violence in a place of worship. Gun violence affects all of us. We must do more to make our country a place where we can all gather and pray in peace.”
“Here we go again,” wrote Fred Guttenberg, an activist whose daughter, Jaime, was killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2017. “… Easy access to guns does NOT make us safer. Easy access to guns only ensures that those who are determined to kill will have the means to kill as many as possible. GUNS SIMPLY MAKE HATE LETHAL.”
Because the shooter was killed by armed security inside the church, some social media users wrote that the day was saved by a “good guy with a gun,” including Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren, who commented: “What a horrible tragedy, thank God a good guy with a gun was able to take him down.”
She also touted the Second Amendment and took aim at Democrats in another tweet:
“You won’t see this anywhere on your newsfeed,” wrote actress Mindy Robinson, “but a good guy with a gun in Texas shot and killed a church shooter and mitigated the loss of life from being much worse during a livestream communion service. God bless Texas.”
The National Rifle Association tweeted a response late Sunday, citing the changes to state legislation:
The White Settlement church shooting occurred in the wake of an attack Saturday evening in Monsey, New York in which five people were stabbed at the home of a Hasidic rabbi celebrating Hanukkah.
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