Texas Church shooting raises familiar questions

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A law enforcement official stands watch outside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A man dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing and wounding many. The dead ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

A law enforcement official stands watch outside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A man dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing and wounding many. The dead ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Guests: Lily Raff McCaulou, Melissa Jeltsen, Allison Anderman

The plague of mass shootings in America continued this weekend, when a man entered a Texas church and open-fired, killing 26 and injuring 20. As we continue to parse through the motives and background of the shooter, some familiar patterns have emerged. He had a history as a domestic abuser, having been court-martialed in 2012 for assaulting both his wife and child. And, he used a military-style weapon, the AR-15, which allowed him to murder a lot of people in a short amount of time. Today, we’ll talk about both the link between domestic abuse, as well as the laws around high-capacity firearms when we speak with MELISSA JELTSEN who writes about domestic abuse and gun laws for The Huffington Post, and with ALLISON ANDERMAN, managing attorney for the Giffords Law Center to prevent gun violence. But first, we’ll hear from LILY RAFF McCAULOU. She advocates for responsible gun ownership with Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership, who advocate for stricter background checks, and fight open-carry laws.

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