Pence pays tribute to fallen and heroes from Texas massacre

Vice President Mike Pence center hugs Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in wheelchair as second lady Karen Pence right is hugged by Abbott's wife Cecilia after their arrival Wednesday Nov. 8 2017

Vice President Mike Pence center hugs Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in wheelchair as second lady Karen Pence right is hugged by Abbott's wife Cecilia after their arrival Wednesday Nov. 8 2017

Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence are traveling to Sutherland Springs, Texas on Wednesday to visit with law enforcement officials and families of those impacted by the deadly mass shooting at a Baptist church on Sunday. He spoke on Wednesday outside the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.

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However, Trump has extended his "thoughts and prayers" to the 26 people killed and those injured.

"The American economy is roaring", he said, noting at least a three percent expansion for two quarters in a row.

Pence was called upon to fill the role of America's "consoler-in-chief" in the absence of President Donald Trump, who has been out of the country on a state visit to Asia since before the shooting rampage.

Mr. Pence also addressed the "bureaucratic failures" that allowed Mr. Kelley to obtain a firearm despite having an alleged history of mental illness, according to the report.

"Faith tells us we overcome evil with good", he continued.

"We had the privilege of meeting with some of the victims at the hospital moments ago, one of whom was shot in the back and was injured in his vertebrae, spinal cord exactly where I was injured".

"It has been a year of accomplishments, and we're just getting started".

Pence crunched the numbers and cited some interesting figures in his USA Today article.

Reflecting lingering tensions in the aftermath of Sunday's rampage, police were called to a park in Floresville about 2 1/2 hours before the prayer vigil by an unconfirmed report of a man with a gun.

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