On Sunday, a gunman opened fire in a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding 20 others.
The suspect in the shooting is a 26-year-old white male. He was discharged from the Air Force in 2014 for assaulting his own spouse and child, according to the Associated Press. Reports also say the suspected gunman was treated at a mental health center in 2012 and briefly escaped.
As the suspect was leaving the building at the time of the shooting, an armed man near the church saw what was going on and traded gunfire with the shooter to stop him. The suspect was found dead shortly after from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Since then, the national debate about the pros and cons of instituting harsher gun control laws has continued.
In a speech at a news conference in South Korea after the event, President Donald Trump said strict gun control is not the answer to the shootings plaguing America.
"If you did what you're suggesting, there would have been no difference three days ago and you might not have had that very brave person who happens to have a gun or a rifle in his trunk," he said, according to the Associated Press.
Many churches are also bulking up on security by hiring safety officers to monitor the premises during worship services and encouraging members to bring guns to church, but some religious leaders believe that line of thinking goes against biblical teachings.
Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas, the associate rector at St. Paul's Memorial Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, told the Deseret News she believes it's important to protect churchgoers, but not at the expense of alienating those who may be in need.
"The gut response most people have is one of fear. They think, 'We've got to protect ourselves. We need security. We need to buy a gun,'" she told the Deseret News. "In fact, our faith tells us to do the opposite of those things: to live without fear."
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