A mass shooting in a Texas church is the latest example of the country’s increasingly politicized memorials, with some officials questioning the wisdom of imposing a national “ban” on such events.
But the National Memorial Association, a lobby group for the nation’s more than 150,000 national monuments, said Sunday it wants a ban on the “unb” memorials at its annual convention in Nashville.
The group’s vice president, Steve R. Wojciechowski, said there’s “a lot of anger” in the country about what he said was the failure to curb the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland.
“It is a very painful issue for many people, including myself,” Wojcechowski said.
The church was shooting victims when the shooting began Sunday morning.
At least 19 people died and more than 50 others were wounded, according to a local sheriff’s office tally.
The shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, was killed by police.
A memorial service was held Sunday at the church for those who were killed and injured.
President Donald Trump has said he will work to end the practice of requiring memorials to be in places that are open during the day.
He said he’s “not happy with the way we’re treating this tragedy.”
Wojcehowski said Sunday’s event at the National Cathedral in Nashville was a “big deal” for him, as well as others at the convention.
He praised attendees for coming together to honor the victims and their families.
“It was a huge moment, a huge day,” he said.
“A lot of love, a lot of tears.”
Woschowski called the mass killing “very, very sad.”
“I’m sorry,” he added.
“It’s the truth.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.