Barack Obama’s Response to Texas Church Shooting Goes Viral


In the aftermath of the deadliest church shooting in modern American history today, in which 27 people were killed in Sutherland Springs, Texas, former President Barack Obama issued a statement that instantly set the internet abuzz.

Aside from Obama’s usual articulate and empathetic response to this tragedy, it is the second part of his statement – the “concrete steps we can take to reduce the violence and weaponry in our midst” – that is especially striking. The former President’s advocacy for action, as opposed to Republicans offering only “thoughts and prayers,” is what sets him apart from our current do-nothing Republican-led Congress.

As this morning’s news revealed the depth of the tragedy in Texas, the conservatives’ wholly predictable avalanche of sanctimonious pandering blanketed social media. Republicans – including House Speaker Paul Ryan – have been quick to post on Twitter in place of actual action.

Of course, that’s about all Ryan is prepared to offer. Per Politico, in 2016 alone, Ryan accepted $171,977 from the gun lobby. Between 1990 and 2016, he accepted a staggering $336,597, the most of any lawmaker currently serving in the House of Representatives.

At about 11:30 this morning, 26-year-old Devin Kelley opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a town more than 30 miles southeast of San Antonio, killing 26 people and injuring dozens more.

The FBI and ATF immediately arrived on the scene to investigate the tragedy. So far, there is no motive for the shooting.

While officials have ruled out terrorism, this attack was perpetrated by a known radical, white, Christian extremist. In no uncertain terms, Kelley is a terrorist

With 26 dead, plus the shooter, today’s tragedy is now the deadliest mass shooting at a church in modern American history, surpassing the nine killed at Emanuel AME Baptist Church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015.

Obama’s words today are a rare glimpse at what true leadership looks like amid a government that would rather pander to a gun lobby than its own citizens.