A Texas Democrat is pushing back against his party's gun control efforts after eight people were killed during a shooting at an Allen, Texas, outlet mall over the weekend.
Cuellar shared the concerns during an interview on "Fox News Sunday."
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"There's always a reason why certain people [carry out mass shootings] and there's always telltale signs before. There's indicators that we should have looked out for. But again, to the law enforcement that put a stop to this, again, I thank them" Cuellar said.
"If people talk about just… making the law stricter. You got to look at, you know, in states that are blue, very strict laws, you still get this type of mass shootings. So it does happen across the nation, and we have to get to the bottom of this," he continued.
JUST IN: Eight people were killed and seven victims are hospitalized after a shooting at a Texas outlet mall, officials say. The gunman is also dead. https://t.co/5VmcCfx2Ha pic.twitter.com/fPRKA3AaSw
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"Eight people were killed in a shooting at an outlet mall near Dallas, and seven victims are being treated at trauma facilities, officials said Saturday night. The gunman, who authorities believe was acting alone, is also dead," CNN reported.
"Allen, Texas, Fire Chief Jonathan Boyd said that at least nine people were sent to hospitals. 'Of those that we transported, two have since died. Three are in critical surgery, and four are stable,' said Boyd," the report added.
The identity of the shooter was later released but no motive has yet been discovered in the mass shooting.
The gunman, 33-year-old Mauricio Garcia, was a former security officer who had an AR-15-type rifle and at least one other firearm. He also carried several magazines of additional ammo and was dressed in all black.
The shooter was eliminated by an Allen Police Department officer who was in the area on an unrelated call.
As the community mourns the loss of lives in the shooting, lawmakers seek to find ways to address the problem that actually helps stop the causes behind mass shootings.