Texas state lawmaker calls for 'praying for protection'

Tuesday, 03 Sep, 2019

Earlier this year, the Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives passed a bill that calls for background checks on every gun purchase, including sales at gun shows, which are now exempted.

The suspect in the deadly Odessa, TX spree shooting that killed seven people and injured 22 more has been identified as 36-year-old Seth Ator. He was killed by police. A motive has not been released.

One trooper was wounded, and the suspect fled "and continued shooting innocent people", the department said.

Once the Odessa investigation concludes, he said, "We´ll get ready (for) the next active shooter, which is an unfortunate statement to make - but it seems like that´s what we do".

The Ector County school district in Odessa said one of its students was among those killed. Days after the El Paso shooting, he said he was eager to implement "very meaningful background checks" on guns and told reporters there was "tremendous support" for action. Instead, Trump sought to elevate mental health issues over access to guns.

[We would] put as much pressure as possible on swing state Republican senators who are up for re-election in 2020 to get them to go with something that we can compromise on, at least universal background checks. "It's a big problem".

"This includes strong measures to keep weapons out of the hands of unsafe and deranged individuals and substantial reforms to the nation's broken mental health system", Trump said, noting that the administration will try to balance public safety with also trying to "protect our Second Amendment". "So important", he said, referring to the constitutional amendment that established the right to keep and bear arms.

During a news conference held Sunday in the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB), about 7 km northeast of Odessa, FBI special agent in charge Christopher Combs said "At this point I can tell you we do not believe - we do not believe, there's any connection to any domestic or worldwide terrorism". Frank has written for several major publications including the Huff Post and medium Frank is a community reporter and also covers world events.

They used a loudspeaker to demand that anyone inside the home come out with their hands up, the station reported.

The New York Times reports that Trump assured reporters he is "speaking with Republicans and Democrats on possible legislative efforts regarding guns", but no other details were forthcoming.

US President Donald Trump speaks to the media about Hurricane Dorian as he returns from Camp David to the White House in Washington. Toomey has long pushed a bipartisan bill with Democratic Sen.

After the El Paso and Dayton shootings, Trump initially indicated a willingness to help extra stringent background checks on gun patrons, however has since appeared to extra intently align himself with the gun foyer, which opposes any elevated restrictions.

Others, like Republican Sen.

Among the wounded was a 17-month-old girl, Anderson Davis, who was shot in the face, according to officials and an online fundraising campaign set up by her family. "And we must do it fast", Abbott stated. "They rammed his vehicle, stopped him and when he got out, they shot him", he said.

Progressive leaders such as Beto O'Rourke are already calling for stricter gun control in response to the shooting.

Toomey was interviewed on ABC's "This Week", and Scott spoke on NBC's "Meet the Press".