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Response to mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton

BY FR. MARK SOEHNER, OFM

Praying hands holding candle“I was awakened this morning (August 4) at 5 a.m. by a former parishioner in Detroit, calling to ask whether anyone in my family was hurt in the mass shooting. Dayton, Ohio, is my birthplace and some of my family continue to live in the area. After turning on the news and grasping what had happened, I began to call my relatives. I was relieved to know that no one from my family was hurt. “But nine families will never be the same with the death of their loved one. Twenty-seven other people were injured. It is the second mass shooting in this country in 24 hours. We grieve with the families and friends of those we lost in Dayton and El Paso, Texas. With heavy hearts, we add our prayers. We beg the Blessed Mother to gather all the injured to her heart.

“Yet we must ask, how in our nation does this repeatedly happen? Can we not balance the need ‘to bear arms’ with reasonable gun control? Who needs such weapons of mass destruction? Certainly not a hunter of game. We beg people of conscience to review reasonable options and offer alternatives to our elected representatives. Violence never solves anything. It reduces all of us. I will be praying to Our Lady of the Knots to untangle the reasons for these terrible acts of violence and to help us stop the epidemic of mass killings.”

 

 

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