It’s happened again. Even though we prayed it wouldn’t, and we hoped things would change and we wished that the country would find its moral compass once again and realize that killing innocent people will never fix anything in this world, it happened again.

This time, it happened in a church … in a small Texas town … on a Sunday morning.

And it hurts more than ever.

The story is much the same – it sounds like a potentially deranged individual had a bad day, grabbed a gun and decided to take his pain out on people he didn’t even now. Twenty-six Texans are now dead, with many others fighting to recover from their physical injuries. Countless others will attempt to recover from their emotional injuries in the days, months and years ahead.

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Shortly after the tragedy in Texas, country artists flocked to social media to express their disbelief that a mass shooting had happened again. “How long until we all directly know somebody that has been killed in, or is a witness to a mass killing?” asked Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines.

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The anger and frustration could also be heard in the tweets of Jennifer Nettles and others. “I believe, even with a few changes to legislation, we can better protect our safety and still protect constitutional rights,” Jennifer posted on Nov. 5.

Countless other country artists also headed to their social media pages to express their sadness.

Our prayers are with all those who are mourning on this sad day.

Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley and other stars share their grief over the Texas tragedy Laura Roberts/Invision/AP
Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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