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EDITORIAL: Pausing to pray for Las Vegas

We awoke Monday morning to the horrific news: More than 50 people were killed and over 400 wounded in a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The shooting is believed to be the worst in modern American history.

Unlike some of the recent acts of mass murder, there was not a readily apparent motive behind the shooter’s actions. But regardless of what authorities ultimately find, there is nothing that will make sense of a truly senseless act of evil.

Let’s pause for a moment to pray for the victims, their families, the city of Las Vegas and our country.

In the days to come, we’ll need to have serious conversations about these mass shootings afflicting our nation. Surely there is something we can do to prevent some of these tragedies and to save lives. The collective hurt that we feel as Americans today — which pales in comparison to the grief being felt by thousands of friends and family members of the victims — is just too great. And the losses are almost incalculable: How many children must now grow up without their fathers, mothers or grandparents? How many parents lost their beloved children? How many people will be robbed of their hobbies or careers as a result of their injuries?

While it is impossible to stamp out evil, we hope that our country hasn’t thrown up its hands and given up on trying to find ways to protect innocent lives.

But we also hope that our fellow Americans can resist the urge to immediately use this tragedy to bolster their usual political talking points.

For now, let’s remember the victims in Las Vegas, get to know their names and pray for their families and friends during this time of unimaginable pain and loss.

And let’s hold our own loved ones closer today.

5 comments

  • posted by Dustin

    October 04, 2017 1:15 pm

    Also, the Second Amendment isn’t for the right to bear arms for hunting but to actually kill someone if need be.

  • posted by Dustin

    October 04, 2017 12:45 pm

    I did read my own words, I wrote them. Thank you for the clarification. You said “modifications”, so I was confused. However, I doubt taking away the .223 round would have any change on shootings. They would just use 30-06, 7mm, .308. Immediately blaming it on something else like the bullet, the gun or a membership organization distracts from the real problem and absolves these cowards of culpability. We have to fix crazy.

  • posted by Salty Dawg

    October 04, 2017 8:20 am

    Dustin...read your own words...you answered your own questions.Look up Wyoming's hunting laws...you will find a hunter must use a certain caliber or higher to go after big game.A .223 was not designed to be a hunting round,rather a round meant for use against an enemy bent on using his/her weapon against you,or anyone they consider to be their enemy.Of course one would have to study this cartridge when it was invented to see the purpose.Americans have glorified the use of these weapons,much of it as a result of Hollywood's twisted movies.Again,I am not against the Second Amendment,but I am against idiots having these types of weapons,along with the modified add ons that make them into killing machines...not rabbit guns. The NRA is behind a lot of this madness in America.

  • posted by Dustin

    October 03, 2017 2:51 pm

    What are you talking about? What type of weapon do you mean? Are you talking about large magazines? Hand rails or folding stock? Please explain what you mean by a weapon designed for war?

  • posted by Salty Dawg

    October 03, 2017 8:44 am

    The gun lobbyists and NRA should be so proud of pushing for modifications to weapons designed for nothing but killing people.There is no sane reason why anyone should be allowed to have the types of weapons designed for war...not even that Texas weirdo nugent. And before you all attack me for being some kind of "liberal"...stop right there as I fully support the second amendment.Sanity in America has went out th door with the bath water.Those of us that have been to war have no taste for this kind of modern discord.

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