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Dems renew calls for gun control in wake of Texas church shooting

The Hill logo The Hill 11/5/2017 Olivia Beavers
Dems renew calls for gun control in wake of Texas church shooting © Provided by The Hill Dems renew calls for gun control in wake of Texas church shooting Democrats are renewing their calls for gun reform after news reports surfaced about a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

More than 20 people are dead after gunfire erupted at the church, which is not far outside San Antonio, according to The New York Times.

Sens. Bob Casey (Pa.) and Dick Durbin (Ill.) were among the Demoncrats who urged Congress to act in response to the latest deadly shooting.

"I'm thinking of and praying for all those impacted by the shooting in Texas. In addition to offering my prayers and thoughts I also believe Congress must take action on gun violence," Casey wrote in two separate tweets.

"The shooter turned his gun on people -- kids -- in a place of worship. America is in the grips of a gun violence crisis. Congress must act," Durbin tweeted.

"Enough is enough," Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) said in a series of tweets. "Now is the time for commonsense gun violence prevention steps. Congressional complicity must end."

Rep. Mike Thompson (Calif.), chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, called on his Congressional colleagues to show "courage" and take a stand against gun violence.

Witnesses said an armed man walked into the First Baptist Church around 11:30 a.m. and opened fire.

Police have not confirmed the official number of fatalities.

The local news station KSAT reported that the gunman was also killed.

The attack comes more than a month after the nation's deadliest mass shooting, in which a gunman opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more.

President Trump, who's embarking on a 12-day trip to Asia, tweeted shortly after reports of the shooting surfaced.

"May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan," Trump wrote in response to the shootings.

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