"They think it says they can have a gun in their possession as long as it's been five years, for self defense", Treece said. "I can understand why it would be easy to mix mass shootings up, as they happen every other week".
As the gunman was leaving the church, an armed local resident who heard the gunshots confronted the shooter.
"It impacts the mission and ministry of the church", said Wohlrabe "Will we express the love of God to all of our neighbors?"
The congregation will hold services on the grounds of the church next week.
But bringing a gun to church has some people angry.
During that horrific incident - the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in Texas - 26 people were killed and 20 others injured.
In a press conference on November 6, 2017, Wilson County Sheriff, Joe D Tackitt Jr., stated, "Kelly's in-laws attended the church but were not present Sunday, but came to the scene after the shooting". Broken windows and ceiling tiles had been replaced. Bullet holes were filled.
But the vibrant church's sandy stained pews, the carpet and all equipment had been removed. A red rose was tied to each chair, and a pink rose for the unborn baby.
Names or nicknames were painted in gold on each chair.
Recordings of some victims' reading scripture and praying played on speakers. He noted Pomeroy had raised the possibility of tearing down the facility at some point in the future, but that was a personal reflection, not a statement of the church body's decision. The man who was identified as John Barnhill said that the devil couldn't beat the people of Texas.
"We're just kind of in the beginning stages of communicating amongst everyone in the church and seeing how they want to handle it as well as what type of training is needed to kind of make everything mesh correctly", he said. He says all of the money will go directly to the families.
The service Sunday was expected to draw about 500 people.
The church had initially planned to hold the service at an adjacent community center, but the organizers made a decision to move the event to a massive white tent erected in a baseball field after realizing that hundreds wanted to attend. Do you know someone else we should interview for this story?
It was also almost word-for-word the same as the tweet he had posted about the Sutherland Springs shooting shortly after it happened.
"One of the arguments coming out of this is politicians and media saying we need to stop saying thoughts and prayers, and for me, that's not something that needs to be said right now", Patnode said. They asked, "What measures are you going to take this week in response to the shooting in Texas?" Authorities put the official death toll at 26 because one of the 25 people killed was pregnant. His 14-year-old daughter Annabelle was among the victims. "And I guarantee without any shadow of a doubt they are dancing with Jesus today".
The crowd stood, clapped and raised their hands to heaven.
The front three rows were reserved for survivors of the attack and the families of those killed. Some are hugging and others are praying or sitting quietly. And even well-intended calls for more robust mental-health services fall short, as these would likely fail to reach people who did not identify or had not been identified with mental-health needs. Among them was Jackie Lee, who traveled from San Antonio with several friends.
The service was also attended by Republican Sen.
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