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Church Shooting in Texas Leaves Me Stunned, Sick

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Folks, I am so sickened by this story, but as it’s big news in the United States (and perhaps around the world as well), I think I should comment.

A relatively young man, under thirty, who I shall not name as is my policy, opened fire on a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday morning during worship services. There are twenty-six dead, including a number of children, and among the many wounded is an eighteen-month-old baby.

I don’t understand why this even happened. Much less why a person would aim at children. (There is some talk that he deliberately aimed at the kids, though I don’t know how accurate that is.)

Because this did happen at a church, many in Texas and elsewhere are saying that God must have a purpose for this. (That is, the Higher Power.) Even if we don’t see it, there has to be a reason.

The only reason I can see is that we need to somehow stop these mass shooting events, particularly in churches. The United States is the only country in the world that refuses to pass sensible gun control legislation, and has even rolled back the minor protections citizens had to keep people with demonstrable mental illnesses from buying guns.

That this happened in Texas, which is practically the home of concealed-carry, is even more astonishing.

But in this case, even if the little kids who were among the dead had carried guns, there’s no way they could’ve stopped this guy. He stepped into the church and started firing at people’s backs…whether he was legally qualified to buy the gun or not (there are many questions about that right now), the fact is, he had a gun, he shot at people’s backs in a cowardly and distasteful way, and he has become infamous in the ways of many other mass shooters before him.

I don’t know what we have to do in the United States to get the Congress to wake up. I do know that most Americans support protections to keep people from severe mental illnesses, such as this guy must’ve had to do what he did, from getting guns. And while that will not stop every mass shooter, it will stop more of them…and we won’t be waking up to this sort of thing as often. (I would like to say “at all,” but that’s asking way too much.)

I am beyond tired and incredibly frustrated at all these shootings. I’ve written about so many of them in the past seven years of this blog, and every time I feel emotionally wrung out, almost drained of purpose, when I think about what happened to innocent souls just going about their business and not asking for this at all. (Who would?)

Yeah, once in a blue moon, a shooting like this would be inexplicable. But to happen over and over and over again, in movie theatres, in churches, at concerts…at night clubs…the list goes on and on. And the only thing in common is that the United States does not have the same protections under the law as other countries to keep people who shouldn’t have guns from getting them.

I know many responsible gun owners. I do not want to take their guns away. But I do want to make damned sure that shooters like this guy who just killed a bunch of kids and others don’t get guns…and if it’s true that the system failed, well, we need to find out why that happened. (There’s some talk now that even with the lax protections we have, this guy shouldn’t have been able to get a gun.)

Anyway, those among the injured, and those grieving, need your prayers now. I know that’s not much, but it’s better than nothing…and we all need to do some soul-searching to try to figure out what, if anything, we can do to prevent the next mass-casualty event. (Please?)

Written by Barb Caffrey

November 6, 2017 at 11:53 am

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  1. Every time, there is a shooting like this, we hear more calls for gun control.

    Yet, there are more killings regularly in the inner cities than there are cases like this.

    Of course, those “inner cities” had the most extreme gun control laws on the books.

    This person was (to the best of my knowledge) not able to purchase guns legally but like the inner city gang-bangers that didn’t stop him from getting a gun.

    Sorry Barb, but I’m sick and tired of the Liberal Politicians always calling for “More Gun Control” before the facts are in and before the blood has dried.

    They should get the facts and join in the mourning before they open their big mouths.

    Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    November 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    • Paul, I appreciate your comment, and I knew you wouldn’t necessarily like what I had to say. I still appreciate that you read it and commented and we can have a civil conversation. 🙂

      Anyway, I am not for any politicians just making hay while the sun shines. I am just tired of this. I live in Wisconsin, where we had the Sikh Temple shooting a while back, and I remember the outpouring of grief and mourning then. Those poor souls in Texas need help right now, and that so many of the people killed or badly injured were kids just makes me really upset.

      The first thing in this case that needs to be done after the initial mourning is done will be to find out why this a-hole found a way to buy a gun as he shouldn’t have been able to do it. The second thing that must be done is to try, somehow, to keep these things from happening, and cutting out the few protections we had from obviously unstable and mentally ill people from buying guns was plain, flat wrong.

      That is why I am angry today.

      I know it wouldn’t have stopped anything here, Paul. But I don’t want to have to be writing essentially the same post in another month, or two, or three. I want people to live and enjoy their lives and especially to be able to learn more about the Higher Power, however they do that, and houses of worship should be sacrosanct.

      Hell, all of our lives should be sacrosanct, too.

      Anyway, that is why I am stunned and upset and very frustrated with the whole thing. I think the politicos on both sides just posture to their bases and just don’t do anything beyond that; so long as the funding doesn’t dry up, they’re going to keep doing what they do and not try to actually, I don’t know, get more funding for obviously unstable people to perhaps heal and never get to the point they unload in a church from behind and kill a whole bunch of people?

      Barb Caffrey

      November 6, 2017 at 10:09 pm

  2. It’s sad something like this happens often. Regardless of the reason why the shooters did what they did (anything we think now is merely conjecture anyway), this is always sad when it happens. My condolences to the victims’ loved ones and I hope they will take care of themselves. 🙁


    November 8, 2017 at 11:00 pm

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