How will we tolerate?
Well, it seems the mass shootings keep coming, and they are getting closer together.
Sunday, a fellow with a history of mental problems and domestic violence went to a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, armed with an assault rifle and proceeded to kill 26 people and wound another 20 or so.
Eight people in one family, ranging from grandparents to a baby in utero, were slaughtered while they worshipped. The gunman went from pew to pew, mowing down churchgoers indiscriminately. When babies cried, he would shoot them point blank to shut them up.
Before another armed citizen drove him away, the homicidal maniac had sprayed some 450 rounds of ammunition into and around the Sutherland Springs Baptist Church.
The rampage in Texas came just over a month after the slaughter of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas. That Oct. 1 ambush from a high-rise hotel left 58 dead and 546 injured.*
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, when is our society going to realize that weapons capable of firing hundreds, if not thousands, of rounds in a few minutes have no business in private hands? How many massacres at schools, movie theaters, concerts, nightclubs and churches are we going to tolerate before meaningful restrictions are put on the ownership of these weapons?
Political leaders keep reacting to these shootings by saying the victims need our prayers. Well, prayers don’t seem to be keeping these events from happening. One would better be advised to remember President John Kennedy’s admonition that “here on Earth God’s work must truly be our own.”
It is time for Washington to act to protect the innocent.
(*Source — Wikipedia)
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