Mass Shooting in Las Vegas
My heart is heavy as I continue to read and hear about the mass shooting, really mass murder, that occurred in Las Vegas, this past weekend. Please know that I believe we can continue to have dialogue about these topics but I feel compelled to share my thoughts with you.
As a woman raised by a father who was an Adirondack Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Guide, owning guns was a fact in our life. I have no problem with gun ownership. I actually shot skeet as a young woman. While I affirm the right of people to own firearms of many types, there need to be limits - I cannot fathom a need for fully-automatic weapons, or automatic weapon conversion kits. I cannot presume that we need silencers for hunters for ear protection - for there have been and continue to be more effective types of ear protectors.
I will continue to pray for the victims and family members of victims who have been murdered. I will continue to pray for rescue workers and for the perpetrators of violence. But I call on us to lift our voices in conversation to develop and enforce reasonable gun control laws (and yes I know that guns don't kill people, but people kill people), encourage understanding across differences, seek tolerance and peace. There is more for us to do than pray. Pray by all means, but act as well.
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