By now, the horror of Sunday’s shooting at a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas is settling in.
Around 26 people, ranging in age from 5-years old to 72-years old were shot and killed, with many more injured.
The massacre was committed by a deeply troubled Devin Patrick Kelley.
What we know is that Kelley was 26-years old, had been discharged from the military in 2014 for domestic assault against his young wife and baby, and his social media profile seemed to suggest he held atheistic views.
Appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday morning, Texas Governor Greg Abbott discussed the tragedy.
In the governor’s view, this was not a “random” attack.
I don’t know what inside information the governor may have, but he feels that very soon we’ll hear that there was a more definite tie between Kelley and the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.
“What I want to convey to you is I don’t think this was just a random act of violence,” Abbott told George Stephanopoulos.
“It was two things, one is a very deranged individual who I understand long before he was dishonorably discharged from the United States military was demonstrating some mental illness challenges.”
He didn’t offer any further reasons for why he believes this, but there have been mixed reports available since Sunday that seem to suggest that Kelley’s mother-in-law may have attended the church.
Again, this is just the random whiffs of information that have been floated online, in the same manner that tends to occur whenever there is a tragedy of this magnitude.
However it shakes out, this is another blow to the heart of the nation. Politicians will debate it and activists will argue for either more gun laws or less. The reality is, it’s not laws or legislation that will make this better. There can be no manmade solution that suffices to solve a spiritual malady.
Continue to pray for Texas, and seek revival for the soul of this nation.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 6, 2017