Last Sunday several families’ lives changed forever in Sutherland Springs, TX. The “Psycho of the Month” opened fire indiscriminately inside the First Baptist Church of the town, sentencing to death to almost 50 service attendees. 26 people died and over 20 were injured.
The details that have surfaced since Monday about the murderer, have put the Air Force and Defense Department under the microscope due to the alleged negligence with the handing of his violent record while on service.
According to an article in the New York Times, the chief prosecutor for the Air Force in the 2012 court-martial, stated that during the trial the psychopath admitted to assaulting and choking his ex-wife repeatedly and hitting his young stepson fracturing his skull.
Also in 2012, reports are now saying that he escaped a mental hospital, made death threats to the medical personnel, and attempted to smuggle weapons into the facility.
Ironically, if all of this had been reported promptly and accurately to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the suspect would have never been able to buy the weaponry he used to accomplish his bloody enterprise through the legal channels.
Just a little over a month after Las Vegas concert shooting, the gun control debate is again in the news. As usual, Democrats were appalled and Republicans in denial.
The Twitter universe exploded with celebrities and politicians asking, on one side, legislative action, and on the other, prayers for those affected as solidarity demonstration.
Right then, the critics began a chain using different microphones all over the country with the following argument: “The victims were at church and prayers didn’t save them.”
Although I understand that people’s passions are running high after two massacres that have devastated communities deeply, when advocates for stronger gun control policy decide to go after people of faith, they lose millions of supporters.
Their lack of empathy and compassion is precisely at the root causing division of any social group. People who claim to fight for noble causes, but who are incapable of tolerating the divergent opinions of their peers, play the winning hand for evil.
For example, when I am in a social gathering and by coincidence, a religious topic comes into the conversation, even though I am a believer, I don’t try to convince anybody to do the same. Atheists, on the contrary, always question with sarcasm why I believe in God.
So, because they say prayer is worthless, I say, exactly! Why don’t you try it? You have nothing to lose.
Even though prayers will not patch the bullet holes, bring back the dead, or prevent future tragedies, attacking believers and their humble attempt to comfort the suffering victims, is senseless and cruel.
As the saying goes, “There is never an atheist in a fox hole.” When one’s life is holding on by a thread and all hope is lost, faith is the only thing keeping one alive.
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