Today's New York Times: "On Sunday, Americans woke up to news of a shooting rampage in an entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio, where a man wearing body armor shot and killed nine people, including his own sister. Hours earlier, a 21-year-old with a rifle entered a Walmart in El Paso and killed 20 people. ... 'It’s disheartening, I think, to see so many politicians just keep doing the same kind of wash-rinse-repeat kind of cycle of: mass shooting happens, and then it’s tweet about thoughts and prayers, and then it becomes, "We can’t talk about political ideology, we can’t talk about this and that,"' said Greg Cameron, 31, who does marketing for a bike-share company.
Laura Platt, 33, a physician, said she wanted to see better gun policies enacted but had no expectation that that would happen. 'Nothing happened after Sandy Hook, so I think nothing’s going to happen after this,' she said."
Yesterday morning in church we prayed - again - after a mass shooting. We prayed for those who died, who were injured and those of us who must live in this kind of society. Prayer and support are necessary, but it's not enough.
Gun violence is not only a political issue. It is a moral and therefore a religious issue as well. If we are going to follow a Saviour of peace, we have to stand up for peace, and we have to stand against the lawlessness of our gun culture. People in effected communities have begun to shout down their politicians by yelling "Do Something!" That's my prayer: "Do something!"
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