Sutherland Springs: 'There's a depressing repetitiveness' to US mass shootings, says expert

Sutherland Springs: 'There's a depressing repetitiveness' to US mass shooting events, says RUSI representative

At least 26 people were killed in the events on Sunday

Monday, November 6, 2017

A leading expert from the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) has said there is a "depressing repetitiveness" to American mass shooting events in the wake of the events in Texas.

At least 26 people were killed on Sunday after a gunman opened fire on the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, located just outside San Antonio.

The suspected gunman - who has been named in US media as Devin Patrick Kelley - was found dead in his car some miles away from the scene of the crime. 

Raffaello Pantucci, who is the Director of International Security Studies at RUSI, said the US seems to have a political "inability" to progress conversation on gun laws after shooting incidents.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: ""This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a massacre in the church. We saw Dylann Roof, who did a similar massacre in South Carolina.

"America is still reeling from the shooting in Las Vegas. We still don’t really know what seems to have driven Stephen Paddock. 

"There is a depressing repetitiveness to the events in the US and an acceptance they are seemingly going to happen.

"It seems to be a sad reality that with these repeated massacres, there’s apparently an inability to move the conversation at all in America."

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