October 3

Reflection

And so, once again, we are horrified by carnage as our fellow citizens, who were innocently attending a concert, were murdered. We can only utter a silent scream and ask why. Is there any sane reason why military automatic weapons need to be available for sale to private citizens? This has nothing to do with hunting or the right to bear arms. It has everything to do with common sense. This massacre is a national tragedy. It was the 18th mass murder (incidents in which at least four people, other than the shooter, were killed) cataloged by the Gun Violence Archive this year. These facts brutally lay bare our elected officials’ failure to act on gun violence. Politics and self- interest seem to prevent common sense. It is tragic that Americans cannot go to a movie, a concert, to elementary school, or to work without risking death by a military assault weapon. What have we become?

Prayer

Lord have mercy.

Action

Reflect on the intention of the second amendment. Consider the difference between freedom and abuse. Contact your members of Congress about reasonable gun violence prevention.

Suggested Reading

“Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword.
Matthew 26:51-52

Violent people mislead their companions, leading them down a harmful path.
Proverbs 16:29

Put away violence and oppression, and execute justice and righteousness.
Ez 25:45-9

Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.
Pope Francis 

Moments ago, the U.S. Senate decided to do the unthinkable about gun violence — nothing at all. Over two years ago, when I was shot point-blank in the head, the U.S. Senate chose to do nothing. Four months ago, 20 first-graders lost their lives in a brutal attack on their school, and the U.S. Senate chose to do nothing. It’s clear to me that if members of the U.S. Senate refuse to change the laws to reduce gun violence, then we need to change the members of the U.S. Senate.
Gabrielle Giffords

The regularity of mass killings breeds familiarity. The rhythms of grief and outrage that accompany them become — for those not directly affected by tragedy — ritualized and then blend into the background noise. That normalization makes it ever less likely that America’s political system will groan into action to take steps to reduce their frequency or deadliness.
The Economist 

America has a right to the Second Amendment, but the people of America have a right to safety and the prevention of gun violence in their community.
Sheila Jackson Lee

The truth is that a number of us have been saying for quite some time that it was only a matter of time until someone went to a gun show, bought a military-like semi-automatic assault weapon with a large capacity magazine, and did enormous damage.
David Petraeus

Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.
Hillary Clinton
 

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