Saving Lives

  This last Sunday, while all of us sat in worship celebrating All Saint's Sunday, a man walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas with an assault rifle, opened fire killing 26 people, and injuring many others. After an event like this, all of us have the tendency to ask about the shooter. Questions begin to swirl. What was wrong with the individual? Did the shooter suffer from mental illness? What made the individual want to shoot the victims?Was the shooter from another country? Was the shooter a terrorist? We may never know the answer to any of these questions, but that certainly doesn't stop us from asking. In most cases, the shooter either takes their own life, or is killed trying to escape. 
     Maybe the questions should be less about the perpetrator, and more about us! Since the shooter rarely survives, how much good is it to know what they were thinking? How does that information help us? Perhaps it would be more helpful to ask these questions: Why aren't we doing something, ANYTHING, to stop putting assault weapons in the hands of citizens?What need does any civilian have for an assault rifle? And please don't tell me - for hunting! If hunting is a sport, one should be cunning enough in their sport that they do not have to blast away multiple rounds of ammunition in order to kill a defenseless deer.
     Maybe the question should be what are WE doing to stop the sale of any kind of assault weapon? Who are we calling? Who are we supporting by our buying habits? Who could we put pressure on to be assured that new and more comprehensive gun legislation will be introduced and passed? What are we waiting for? 
     We can either be part of the problem, or part of the solution. We can start being activists by getting automatic weapons OUT of the hands of civilians. Remember why these guns were created - to be able to shoot multiple rounds in seconds, in order to kill humans - in war!  These weapons were created to kill humans - why are we allowing these guns to be purchased by ANYONE??? 
     We can no longer sit back in complacency for our brothers and sisters! This kind of violence continues to touch innocent lives because we allow it to happen. Could it be that we are waiting for someone else to do the work? If we have been, we cannot wait any longer. Every day that we wait, there are eight more children's lives lost because of guns. Make today the day calls are made to make it illegal to carry assault rifles and any kind of automatic weapon.  Make today the day we do something to make the world safer for us, our families, and all of our brothers and sisters.
~ Eldonna Hazen, Ann Beaty, Jerry Hancock

Posted on November 7, 2017 at 10:49 am in Featured Content.

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