Congressman who represents Allen, Texas, says people who think ‘prayers aren’t cutting it’ as a solution to gun violence ‘don’t believe in an almighty god who is absolutely in control of our lives.’ 9 people died in a mass shooting in his district today.

GOP Rep. Keith Self in the House chamber on January 4, 2023.
At least nine people were killed after a mass shooting at an Allen, Texas, mall on Saturday.
WFAA-TV reported that some of the victims may include children.
Rep. Keith Self told CNN that prayer is “powerful” for families devastated by mass shootings.

A Republican congressman representing Allen, Texas — where a mass shooting with at least nine victims occurred on Saturday — said people who don’t believe in the power of prayer following a violent incident aren’t believers of an “almighty God” after he was asked what his response would be to people who feel prayers are not the solution to mass shootings.

Authorities responded to a shooting at Allen Premium Outlets — a mall near Dallas, Texas — around 3:40 p.m. Allen Fire Department Chief Jonathan Boyd said in a press conference that seven people were found dead at the scene, while two more died after they were transported to area hospitals. Seven others were also…

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