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    Texas church shooting: Donald Trump says massacre at church is ‘not a gun situation’

    Donald Trump has said the worst mass shooting in the modern history of Texas is not “a guns situation”.
    The US President spoke after a gunman walked into a church in a small town near San Antonio and opened fire, killing at least 26 people between the ages of five and 72.
    The suspect — named as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley — fled in his car after he was shot at by a local resident of Sutherland Springs. He was later found dead from apparent gunshot wounds in a
    neighbouring
    county, with a cache of weapons in his vehicle.

    What we know about Texas gunman Devin Patrick Kelley

    The massacre has sparked renewed calls for tighter gun control laws in the US. 
    Asked at a press conference in Tokyo what policies he might support in response to the shooting,
    Mr
    Trump said preliminary reports suggested the gunman was “a very deranged individual, [with] a lot of problems.”
    “We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries. But this isn’t a guns situation,” he said. “Fortunately somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction.”
    “This is a mental health problem at the highest level,” he added. “It’s a very, very sad event.”
    Authorities have not yet determined Kelley’s motive and have not broached the topic of the gunman’s mental health. 
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    Law enforcement officials gather near the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs (Getty Images)
    Republicans in Congress have long resisted calls from Democrats for tighter restrictions on firearms ownership. After Stephen Paddock killed 58 people in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in US history last month, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was “premature” to discuss gun policy.
    The Sutherland Springs massacre again prompted impassioned calls for action from Democrat politicians, including Barack Obama.
    The former President urged the US to “ask what concrete steps we can take to reduce the violence and weaponry in our midst”.
    Connecticut
    senator
    Chris Murphy said Republican lawmakers “need to think about whether the political support of the gun industry is worth the blood that flows endlessly onto the floors of American churches, elementary schools, movie theatres and city streets.”
    He added: “As long as our nation chooses to flood the country with dangerous weapons and consciously let those weapons fall into the hands of dangerous people, these killings will not abate.”
     Source: independent

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