Sen. Cruz: In the Face of Unspeakable Evil We’re Seeing Texas Coming Together
Releases statement on Sutherland Springs shooting
November 6, 2017
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today visited community leaders, first responders, victims, and those who lost loved ones in Sutherland Springs, following yesterday’s senseless attack at First Baptist Church, the largest mass shooting in Texas history. Excerpts of Sen. Cruz’s message to the Sutherland Springs community are below and video of his comments may be viewed here.
“The grief that has struck this community staggers the mind. But at the same time, even in the hours after this tragedy there's also inspiration and hope. We are seeing the community come together.
“I just visited with pastors from throughout South Texas who have come here to help the victims, to help the families, to help all of those who are grieving. We have people contributing food and water, supplies, just spontaneously saying, ‘How can we help?’ We have people who have given to cover the cost of the funerals. We have the [Texas] Baptist Men's group that has given to cover the costs of repairing and rebuilding the church.
“In the face of unspeakable evil we're seeing Texas coming together. We are seeing Texans helping Texans, leaning on each other. The men and women of this community are not alone. You are being lifted up by the prayers of literally millions of Texans, millions of Americans and millions of people across the planet.
“We saw and are seeing the church stepping forward and caring for our brothers and sisters. That's what we have done before. It is what we are doing now, and it is what we will do going forward.
“Every law enforcement agent I talked to said the death toll could have been much, much higher. The reason this depraved gunman finally gave up, got in the car and fled and didn't murder more is precisely because one individual demonstrated bravery and courage. We need to be celebrating that bravery and courage. We need to be celebrating that compassion, love, and unity. Evil, tragically, will always be with us, but so will good.”