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A woman prays in the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs as the church was opened to the public as a memorial to those killed, in Texas, November 12, 2017. |

As the United States struggles with news of school shootings and massacres at social events and churches, the messengers passed a resolution on the hot button issue.

Resolution 8 called on authorities to enact "preventative measures that would reduce gun violence and mass shootings while operating in accordance with the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution" while recognizing that "depravity, sinfulness, and wickedness of the human heart that gives birth to gun violence and mass shootings."

"... we affirm that the greatest antidote to the pandemic of gun violence and mass shootings is the gospel of Jesus Christ," read the resolution.

Passage of the resolution comes a month after First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, an SBC-affiliated congregation which was the site of a mass shooting in Nov. 2017 that left 26 dead, broke ground on their new sanctuary.

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