Sutherland Springs survivor urges gun owners to push back against NRA

Sutherland Springs survivor urges gun owners to push back against NRA

AUSTIN — A survivor of last year’s massacre in Sutherland Springs said law-abiding gun owners need to push back against the National Rifle Association in light of a rash of school shootings that have left dozens of Texans dead. "Why can’t people like you and me, why can’t we force the NRA to back off," said David Colbath, a lay minister and construction worker who was shot eight times, to a fellow gun owner at Gov. Greg Abbott’s roundtable discussion with survivors, family and community members from recent mass shootings Thursday. Colbath, who said, "I love the NRA, by the way, and I love guns," was one of nearly 40 survivors and community members of areas recently beset by mass shootings attending the listening session. He was shot eight times when a 26-year-old man opened fire on congregants at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in November, leaving 26 people dead and 20 wounded. The shooting became the deadliest in Texas history. Also at the meeting were students and parents from Santa Fe where 10 people were gunned down and 13 wounded at a high school earlier this month. Three people joined the meeting from Alpine where a 14-year-old high school freshman shot a fellow female student before turning the gun on herself in 2016. Abbott is expected to use feedback from survivors, law enforcement, mental health experts and others to craft recommendations for how to avoid future shootings. He is expected to unveil his proposals next week. […]

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