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Sheriff: Pastor dead, 2 hurt in shooting at Texas church

By Associated Press — January 3, 2021

(AP) — Finding a man hiding in a church bathroom, the pastor drew a gun and ordered the man to stop, the sheriff said, but the man grabbed the weapon and began shooting with it.

Five years after shooting, Mother Emanuel uneasily adapts as pilgrimage site

By Matthew J. Cressler — June 17, 2020

(RNS) — Before the pandemic struck, worship often included people from across the U.S. and some foreign countries, come to pray at what they take to be a sacred site.

Texas church grieves, prays, sings after deadly shooting  

By Bobby Ross Jr. — December 31, 2019

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (RNS) — ‘There is evil in this world, and evil took two of my dear friends yesterday,’ minister Britt Farmer told congregants Monday. ‘Not a bullet from a gun — evil. Not ideology — evil.’

Firearms instructor took out gunman at Texas church service

By Jake Bleiberg — December 30, 2019

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said authorities ‘can’t prevent mental illness from occurring, and we can’t prevent every crazy person from pulling a gun. But we can be prepared like this church was.’

2 dead, 1 hurt in shooting at church near Fort Worth, Texas

By Associated Press — December 29, 2019

WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) — Congregants shot and killed a man who opened fire in a church near Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday, killing the attacker, police said. A person shot by the suspect also died and a second parishioner has life-threatening injuries following the attack at the West Freeway Church of Christ, White Settlement […]

Pastor whose child was shot at Texas church runs for office

By The Associated Press — August 26, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Frank Pomeroy had not been outspoken politically in the two years since a discharged Air Force airman with a history of violence opened fire in the church where the gunman’s wife and mother-in-law attended, killing 22 people.

Texas church opens new sanctuary 18 months after massacre

By Clarice Silber — May 20, 2019

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A South Texas church unveiled a new sanctuary a year and a half after a gunman killed more than two dozen congregants in the deadliest mass shooting in state history.

Why Americans have long been fascinated by gunfighting preachers

By Steve Pinkerton — July 3, 2018

(The Conversation) — There is a long line of well-armed American preachers — both real and fictional — in U.S. history and culture, confirming perhaps the view that true justice cannot be enforced by institutions alone.

Lawsuit: Government negligent in Texas church massacre

By Yonat Shimron — June 10, 2018

DALLAS (AP) — The suit, filed in federal court in San Antonio, alleges the the military failed to enter the information into a database used to conduct background checks of gun buyers.

6 months after massacre, Sutherland Springs pastor says nation should put God first

By Adelle M. Banks — May 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘From the blood that was spilled, from the ashes, glory is rising,’ said Pastor Frank Pomeroy.

Prayer and a packing pastor: A church’s response to mass shooting

By Yonat Shimron — February 23, 2018

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (RNS) — In this dusty crossroads town of 600 people with one blinking red light, church members have taken a starkly different approach from that of the Florida high school students agitating for change.

Virginia Senate passes bill to allow guns in churches

By Alan Suderman — January 24, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The measure comes in response to a deadly church shooting in Texas.

Allowing guns in church flies in the face of tradition and Scripture

By Tom Verde — December 19, 2017

(RNS) — Pistol-packing parishioners may seem like a way to guard against the church shootings that have become so commonplace recently. But there is a long history in Christianity of opposing such strategies.

God and guns: Texas pastors undergo security training a month after Sutherland Springs

By Bobby Ross Jr. — December 5, 2017

PLANO, Texas (RNS) — The Rev. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church and a former president of the national Southern Baptist Convention, said God put the idea for the free seminar on his heart.

Two accidentally shot in church while discussing church shootings

By Travis Dorman — November 17, 2017

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (USA Today) — A man accidentally shot himself and his wife at an east Tennessee church on Thursday (Nov. 16) while he was showing off his gun during a discussion on recent church shootings, police said.

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