Evil Never Triumphs

In: The Lonestar Weekly   Posted 05/17/2019

On November 5, 2017, unthinkable tragedy shook the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs when a deranged shooter opened fire on a Sunday service and killed 26 parishioners.

The church became the site of the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history.

One week after the shooting, the families of First Baptist gathered together yet again for another Sunday service. I joined the congregation that day, and while it was an emotional service, the atmosphere was one of hope rather than despair.

I was there to offer what I could in terms of support and hope to this grieving community, but what happened was just the opposite. They were the ones giving me inspiration.  

No community should ever have to face a hardship like this.  

In the aftermath of the shooting, it became clear the Air Force had simply failed to add critical background information that should have denied the shooter the right to purchase a weapon into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). 

In response, I introduced and helped pass the Fix NICS Act to reform the system and ensure this never happens again. 

This weekend, I'm headed back to Sutherland Springs to honor those they lost and celebrate the grand opening of their brand new sanctuary. 

Pastor Pomeroy has said, “Prior to the shootings, we were a small church with a big heart.” I'm honored to celebrate the resurrection of a big church – with an even bigger heart.