Texas Church Massacre Results in 26 Killed

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    After Texas church massacre, a push for armed guards and gun-packing parishioners


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    In the hours since a lone gunman opened fire at a church in Texas, killing 26 people in perhaps the deadliest mass shooting at a house of worship in modern U.S. history, political and spiritual leaders have been voicing concerns about safety in religious sanctuaries.

    When the gunman, identified by authorities as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, went on a rampage Sunday at tiny First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, it was an armed civilian who returned fire. Kelley was found dead miles from the shooting scene; authorities believe he took his own life.

    Some state and federal officials have since amplified calls for greater security measures in houses of worship as faith leaders, particularly throughout Texas, say churches are increasingly vulnerable.

    “We are living in dangerous days,” Southern Baptist pastor Jack Graham said on Twitter. Graham, who serves as an evangelical adviser to President Trump, noted that “it is important that every church no matter how large or small have a security procedure.”

    Graham said his Plano megachurch is preparing to “host and train church leaders for security training.”

    Trump said the rampage “would have been much worse” if not for the armed citizen who “had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction.”

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