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Firetruck brings boy shot in Texas church massacre home from hospital

A little boy who was shot in the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church massacre arrived home today — riding through town on a firetruck — after more than two months in the hospital.

PHOTO: Sutherland Springs shooting victim Ryland Ward takes his ride home in a firetruck after his release from the hospital, Jan. 11, 2018.University Health System
Sutherland Springs shooting victim Ryland Ward takes his ride home in a firetruck after his release from the hospital, Jan. 11, 2018.

On Nov. 5, a gunman stormed the rural First Baptist Church, leaving 26 dead, according to police, who have included an unborn child in the death count. The attack was deemed the worst mass shooting in Texas history.

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How a Texas Couple Who Lost Eight Family Members In Church Shooting Is Coping During Christmas

The Holcombe family planned to celebrate Christmas at Bryan and Karla Holcombe’s house, where they would exchange gag gifts with other members of this large Texas family.

Instead, Joe and Claryce Holcombe will host Christmas at their home after eight members of their extended family — including Bryan and Karla — were killed in the Nov. 5 mass shooting at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church.

“It’ll be different of course,” Bryan’s 86-year-old father, Joe Holcombe, tells PEOPLE.

“There will be a big hole in our family,” he continues. “It will be like always except there will be a void where there used to be eight people.”

Along with Bryan, 60, and the Holcombe’s daughter-in-law Karla, 58, Holcombe’s grandson Marc, 36 — known as Danny — was killed, as was granddaughter-in-law Crystal, 36, and the child she was expecting next year, as well as four of Holcombe’s great-grandchildren: Noah Holcombe, 17 months, Greg Hill,

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/sutherland-springs-mass-shooting-holcombe-family-coping-christmas/

Rapides Parish church safety meeting in response to Texas mass shooting

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) – It’s been a little more than a month since a gunman opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding 20 more.

Source: KALB

That day is still affecting many, including churches and their pastors. And it’s leading communities to prepare, just in case.

We’ve already seen many communities like Vernon Parish and Grant Parish take part in this movement. On Tuesday night, Rapides Parish followed suit.

Local pastors and law enforcement gathered at Homewood Baptist Church to discuss how they want to assure safety in churches.

Sheriff William Earl Hilton said he believes in the run, hide, fight method.

“So we need to protect everyone that is in the church,” said Sheriff Hilton. “And let us do our job. Homeland Security, FEMA, everybody that deals with these kind of issues, they

Read more at: http://www.kalb.com/content/news/Rapides-Parish-church-safety-meeting-in-response-to-Texas-mass-shooting-465329103.html

Rapides Parish church safety meeting in response to Texas mass …

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) – It’s been a little more than a month since a gunman opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding 20 more.

Source: KALB

That day is still affecting many, including churches and their pastors. And it’s leading communities to prepare, just in case.

We’ve already seen many communities like Vernon Parish and Grant Parish take part in this movement. On Tuesday night, Rapides Parish followed suit.

Local pastors and law enforcement gathered at Homewood Baptist Church to discuss how they want to assure safety in churches.

Sheriff William Earl Hilton said he believes in the run, hide, fight method.

“So we need to protect everyone that is in the church,” said Sheriff Hilton. “And let us do our job. Homeland Security, FEMA, everybody that deals with these kind of issues, they

Read more at: http://www.kalb.com/content/news/Rapides-Parish-church-safety-meeting-in-response-to-Texas-mass-shooting-465329103.html

Harvey Weinstein, Roy Moore and a Texas mass shooting

Recently, our media feed has been flooded with news surrounding Harvey Weinstein’s sexual predatory behaviors towards women, the mass shooting in Texas where the shooter had a history of abusing his wife and child, and the allegations of child sexual abuse against Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore.

Sexual violence, domestic violence and child abuse are three issues Hopeful Horizons encounters every day as we work with victims of these crimes to provide support, safety, healing and justice. These recent events have gained attention because someone powerful and famous was involved in a crime, or it was a mass casualty event.

However, most of the time, these crimes happen within a culture of silence.

The reality is that one in every 10 children will be a victim of sexual abuse by the time he or she turns 18. One in four women and one in seven men will experience severe physical

Read more at: http://www.islandpacket.com/opinion/op-ed/article188647209.html

An Update on Gun Legislation One Month After the Texas Mass …

A revolverDmytro Tolmachov/DreamstimeOne month out from the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, bureaucrats and lawmakers have pivoted away from more firearms restrictions toward the government’s failure to maintain its criminal background check system.

Shortly after Sutherland Springs, the Air Force revealed it had failed to report the court martial and discharge for domestic violence of the shooter, former airman Devon Kelley. That report should have prevented him from purchasing the weapons he used to carry out the massacre.

The Department of Defense inspector general reported this week the Air Force failed to turn over criminal records of service members to the FBI some 14 percent of the time. The Air Force, the report said, proved to be one of the better military services when it came to reporting criminal records to the criminal database system.

The military as a whole

Read more at: http://reason.com/blog/2017/12/07/one-month-ou-from-sutherland-springs-sho

An Update on Gun Legislation One Month After the Texas Mass Shooting

A revolverDmytro Tolmachov/DreamstimeOne month out from the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, bureaucrats and lawmakers have pivoted away from more firearms restrictions toward the government’s failure to maintain its criminal background check system.

Shortly after Sutherland Springs, the Air Force revealed it had failed to report the court martial and discharge for domestic violence of the shooter, former airman Devon Kelley. That report should have prevented him from purchasing the weapons he used to carry out the massacre.

The Department of Defense inspector general reported this week the Air Force failed to turn over criminal records of service members to the FBI some 14 percent of the time. The Air Force, the report said, proved to be one of the better military services when it came to reporting criminal records to the criminal database system.

The military as a whole

Read more at: http://reason.com/blog/2017/12/07/one-month-ou-from-sutherland-springs-sho

Air Force: Lapse in Texas mass shooting case was part of pattern

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The U.S. Air Force says the reporting error that allowed the Sutherland Springs shooter to purchase a gun was ‘not an isolated incident.’
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WASHINGTON — The Air Force said Tuesday that its failure to report the criminal history of the former airman who massacred 26 people at a Texas church in early November was “not an isolated incident,” suggesting it was part of a pattern of reporting lapses.

Read more at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/11/28/air-force-lapse-kelley-case-part-pattern/902431001/

At Texas church where mass shooting occurred, pastor keeps faith through holidays

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — First Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy said he turned the radio to his daughter’s favorite Christmas station on Wednesday morning because he knew she would be disappointed if the tragic mass shooting here also killed her family’s holiday spirit.

“It is hard to cope right now,” he told NBC News in an exclusive broadcast interview Wednesday, his voice starting to strain as he wiped a tear from his eye. “But I know Annabelle would have still wanted that Christmas music on. She would want the holidays to proceed — it was her favorite time of the year.”

Apple served with warrant for Texas mass killer’s iCloud data

Here we go again: another mass shooting, another killer’s iPhone that police can’t get into, and potentially another legal battle over Apple’s encryption.

Earlier in the month, the FBI announced it couldn’t break into the iPhone of Devin Patrick Kelley, the shooter in the mass murder of 26 people in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Now, court records seen by the San Antonio Express-News show that two days after the FBI’s announcement – and its bemoaning of the way Apple’s encryption hampers law enforcement – a Texas Ranger obtained search warrants for data belonging to the Sutherland Springs killer.

One warrant, issued on 9 November, is for files stored on an iPhone SE found near Kelley’s body and on a second LG phone. Another warrant seeks files stored in Kelley’s iCloud account – specifically, phone

Read more at: https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/11/22/apple-served-with-warrant-for-texas-mass-killers-icloud-data/