Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Someday, We Will Have Had Enough of the Killing

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Someday, We Will Have Had Enough of the Killing

Article excerpt

When enough children have died, we as a people will make the killing stop.

When enough of youth's energy has been wasted and idealism massacred; when enough bright eyes have gone vacant; when enough laughter and silliness have been silenced; when enough parents have been blinded by grief; when enough clods of dirt have been thrown on enough coffins; when enough hope has been buried; when we have lost enough or have nothing else to lose, we will make this stop.

Are we there yet? Have we had enough? Probably not. But I refuse to give up faith and hope and trust that one day we will end it. We will rise up out of our apathy and shame and reclaim our dignity as human beings made in the image and likeness of a Creator. We will have no more need for rapid-fire assault rifles. We will have had enough. One day.



Easy access to guns

Most people with mental illness do not go around on shooting sprees or commit other crimes. Mental illness is an issue in every society and needs to be addressed. However, very easy access to firearms including assault-type weapons for almost anyone (including those who are on the terror watch list) is where the problem is.

Keep the politicians who support gun control in our thoughts while voting in 2018, 2020 and beyond, and keep the victims of gun violence and domestic abusein our prayers all the time.



America doesn't care

"I want to shoot people with my AR-15" is reported to be a videorecorded quote, posted on a social media site, from Wednesday's mass killer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

I believe at this point - following the mass shooting at the Florida school, after the shootings at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, at the church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, at Pulse in Orlando, at the Christmas party in San Bernardino, at Virginia Tech, at Columbine High School - I can speak for the totality of our country, through the experiences cited here and others:

We don't care.

To be sure, there will be thoughts and prayers, tears, petitions and lamentations that there were no good guys with guns on the scene, but that doesn't change that we as a country do not care. …

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