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Jacksonville councilman on shooting: We’ve got a problem with guns and faith

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Jacksonville, Fla., city councilman Reggie Gaffney told a reporter on Sunday that Americans need to talk about gun control and getting closer with God after a shooting in his district Sunday afternoon.

“I think we’ve really go to ask ourselves two questions,” Gaffney told a local CBS affiliate shortly after reports of the shooting. “What are we going to do about guns? And we’ve really got to get focused on getting closer with the Lord.”

“I really think we’ve got a gun problem in America, I think we’ve got a gun problem in Jacksonville, and I think we’ve got a faith problem,” Gaffney said.

The councilman said he is “very sad and frustrated” after “the second shooting in less than 48 hours.”

Gaffney was likely referencing the shooting Friday night at a Jacksonville football game, which claimed one life and sent two other Floridians to the hospital, The Florida Times-Union reported.

“When you lose one life you should be concerned,” Gaffney said. “This city’s under attack right now, I think.”

Gaffney’s comments came after news of a shooting at a video game tournament in Jacksonville earlier Sunday. Several people were shot, according to multiple reports, though authorities have not released an official number for those killed.

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