Fifty-six individuals seeking more than $1 million each in damages claim Academy illegally sold the Ruger AR-556 rifle used to kill 27 men, women and children at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5, 2017.
Nearly five months after the Sunday morning 26 worshippers died and another 20 were injured in a mass shooting, First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, unveiled drawings of new worship center paid for with donations guaranteed by the Southern Baptist Convention North American Mission Board.
A coalition of 50 faith groups, including the Alliance of Baptists, American Baptist Home Mission Societies and Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, urged leaders in Congress to take immediate action to curb gun violence in response to the Nov. 5 slaughter of 26 people attending worship at a small-town Southern Baptist church in Texas.
There may be some sparsely populated pews in American churches this weekend following last Sunday’s church massacre in Texas. Pastors in different parts of the country are hearing from church members worried that the fate of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs — where a gunman murdered 26 and injured 20 — may befall their own congregations.