Talking Points: Did You See What They Said?

"And it is the right thing to do, is to pray in moments like this, because you know what? Prayer works." — House Speaker Paul Ryan (Wednesday, The Hill)"We mourn with those who mourn, and we grieve with those who grieve, but we do not grieve like those who have no hope. Our faith gives us hope. Heroes give us hope." — Vice President Mike Pence, visiting Sutherland Springs after the shooting that killed 26 (Thursday, LA Times) "I am not a hero. I think my Lord, my God, protected me and gave me the skills to do what needed to be done. I wish that I could have gotten there faster." — Stephen Willeford, who pursued the gunman in Sutherland Springs (Tuesday,"He said we need to pursue him, he just shot up the church. So that's what I did. I just acted." — Sutherland Springs resident Johnnie Langendorff on his decision to pick up Stephen Willeford and give chase to shooter Devin Kelley (Monday,"We ate together, we laughed together, we cried together and we worshipped together. Now, most of our church family is gone — our building is probably beyond repair, and the few of us that are left behind lost tragically yesterday." — Sherri Pomeroy, wife of Pastor Frank Pomeroy of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs (Monday,"To the people of Sutherland Springs, I stand with you. We stand with you. The House of Representatives stands with you, and the people of the United States of America stand with you." —Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, who represents Sutherland Springs, following a moment of silence in Congress for victims of the shooting (Monday, The Hill)"Senseless gun violence has torn apart another community — this time in a house of worship. When do we say enough is enough?" — Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. (Sunday, Twitter)"So how was it that he was able to get a gun? By all the facts that we seem to know, he was not supposed to have access to a gun. So how did this happen?" — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott inquiring as to why Devin Patrick Kelley passed a firearms background check despite a conviction for domestic abuse (Monday, Big Country Homepage)"This is heartbreaking. You don't expect this to happen in a small community like this. Church is supposed to be a safe place for everybody." — Lupe Picasso, following the church shooting in Sutherland Springs (Monday, Texas Tribune)"Because there was no record of it, he was able to lie his way into getting these firearms. This is very clearly a problem, and the Air Force has now admitted that Kelley's conviction should have barred him from ever purchasing or possessing firearms." — Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on legislation he will introduce to strengthen the background check system for purchasing guns (Tuesday,'s your view?Got an opinion about this issue? Send a letter to the editor, and you just might get published.  Continue reading...

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