Source: Huffington Post
The massacre that took place at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday was the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history. The suspect, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, reportedly used a military-style assault rifle during the attack, killing at least 26 people and injuring at least 20 others.
Despite the violent nature of the crime, and Kelley’s background with domestic abuse, there were no immediate calls from President Donald Trump to create a national “extreme vetting program” that would force Americans convicted of domestic violence to relinquish their guns.
Instead, Trump responded to the shooting by claiming that, “This isn’t a guns situation. This is a mental health problem at the highest level.”
The president’s response illustrates a stark double standard that emerges over and overand over again after violent attacks on American soil: When violence is propagated by white men with guns, the attackers are called “lone wolves” and critics are warned not to “politicize” the attack by making claims about the need for better gun control laws.