Texas Church Massacre Was Deadliest Mass Shooting of Children Since Sandy Hook

Between 12 and 14 children were killed in a massacre in a Texas church on Sunday, the highest death toll for the smallest Americans since 20 kids were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. 

In total, 26 were killed in the Sunday shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, about 30 miles east of San Antonio, according to Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackett, meaning roughly half of the victims were children. Approximately 19 people were injured.

The ages of the victims range from 5 to 72, according to officials—though some reports claim a 1-year-old infant was also killed.

The identities of the victims have not yet been confirmed, but Joe and Claryce Holcombe told The Washington Post they lost eight family members in the shooting, including children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Gun violence is the third leading cause of death for children in the U.S. An average of 1,297 children die annually from guns, according to the journal Pediatrics in June, and thousands more are injured, according to Gun Violence Archive.

In 2016, more than 15,000 Americans were killed by gun violence in the U.S. So far this year, more than 13,000 have been killed by gun violence, and around 3,370 minors have been killed or injured by firearms.

In all, thousands of children have died at the end of a gun since Adam Lanza killed 20, plus six adults, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012.

Sunday's shooting in Texas comes barely a month after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, when 58 people were killed and 489 wounded in Las Vegas. In both instances, the shooters were white males. Since 1982, most mass shootings in the U.S. have been committed by white men

President Donald Trump, who's currently on a 12-day trip in Asia, addressed the shooting from Tokyo. 

"This isn't a guns situation," Trump said. "This is a mental health problem at the highest level."

Earlier this year, Trump's administration eliminated an Obama-era rule that prevented certain individuals with mental health conditions from buying firearms.

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