The Wounded Church


Jay Janner

Investigators work at the scene of a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday Nov. 5, 2017. A man opened fire inside of the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing more than 20 people.(Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

In a church in Texas, there was a massacre that nobody expected. Devin Kelley, of 26 years old, entered the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. He entered the church dressed in all black, with a mask, and a bulletproof vest. Inside the church, Devin started shooting at the people. The shooting lasted around seven long minutes. He killed more than 20 people and left many injured, people of all ages, from small to elderly. Devin decided to run away in a white van. While the police chased him, they shot him, and Devin died.

Bryan Huichapa (10) gave his opinion on the matter.

“It was a horrible tragedy and it was unexpected. Many people got hurt and killed,” said Huichapa.

Dallas Drake, a criminologist, did a research on church shooting in the United States from 1980-2005 and 2006-2016. The church shooting increased from only 137 to 147 more than that. The most common reason of this occurences in churches are because of intimate partner violence. Mass shootings do not happen as frequently in most other countries than they do in the United States. Not only does the United States have more mass shootings, but more people that are killed or injured.  With each tragedy that happens, we hear arguments about gun regulations, gun violence, and what is causing these attackers to kill innocent people.

There has been a severe increase in public shootings, some of which are in churches.