All this shooting

There are so many shootings these days. It’s so very sad. I feel as if my soul dies a little more each time I hear about another shooting. Today it was a mall, last week it was two different colleges. It’s not just mass shootings, people are walking up to a single other person, shooting them and walking away. Recently someone was shot and killed because they were texting in a movie theater. All this violence needs to stop. We can’t keep killing each other like this, it will only escalate.

I was raised in a house with guns. We were taught proper handling, care and most of all respect for them as weapons. I’m a strong believer in the second amendment, but we need to find a way to keep guns out of the hands of people who are (temporarily) unstable. I don’t know what the answer is, there doesn’t seem to be a consistent thread among these shooters other than they found themselves in useful proximity to severely dangerous weapons. It needs to stop, because not only are people’s lives being lost (as if that weren’t bad enough), we’re losing bits of our souls every time we get news of another shooting and get just a little more calloused.

God save us from our need to bring violence upon others.

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