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Questions, but No Answers – Editorial about Charleston Church Murders

June 22nd, 2015 by
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2007 candlelight vigil at Virginia Tech, after 33 died in University shooting spree.

I remember the first time I heard about the West Memphis Three, where 3 teenagers were convicted for the murders of three children, in 1993.

I remember where I was when 2 teenagers slaughtered 13 other high school students and a teacher at Columbine, in 1999.

The 2007 Virginia Tech massacre comes to mind, next, where 33 died.

In July, of 2012, 12 movie goers were murdered in Aurora, Colorado, as there were waiting to see the debut of the new Batman movie.

In December of 2012, the Sandy Hook shootings, again, took the innocence of our nation by storm, as 26 died at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school.

And Wednesday night, a 21 year old slaughtered 9 mostly elderly church- going residents of Charleston, South Carolina, after Bible study, reportedly because of racist beliefs.

I remember growing up, when nothing like this happening. In high school, Pres. Reagan and the Pope were wounded; John Lennon was shot down, outside of his apartment; but we told ourselves those were political or because of popularity.

But now mass- murders of innocent people are taking place so often we seem to be getting used to it, and forget about the victims 2 weeks later, when the “TV news cycle” changes.

No one really knows if these events keep occurring because of today’s culture of violence in movies, television, and video games; or if it’s because of the nationwide media coverage that instantly occurs during these shocking events.

We now have politicians saying “gun control” would have prevented this. We also have some that believe if one of the church-goers had been carrying a concealed weapon, fewer would’ve lost their lives, Wednesday night.

All that can truly be said is that this new wave of criminals, along with the nightmares they bring, not only enter our homes, but are now regularly murdering innocent children and adults, as we go through our lives, shooting us down in schools, theaters, and now even the House of God.

The shootings, so far, haven’t touched Monticello. But with that being said, Monticello residents need to pray for our country, our families, and our students, as well as the victims of this seemingly never-ending series of crimes, because Monticello, and every other town and city in this country, are a part of what we used to call “One Nation under God”.

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3 Responses to “Questions, but No Answers – Editorial about Charleston Church Murders”

  1. Ryan says:

    Amen bro ! I agree. We never need to forget what this country was built on…Christian Principles!
    It’s not a gun issue, or even mental issues. It’s a heart issue.
    Many of the country’s people have forgotten who God is…..until they need Him because their heart is not right.
    And the only way…..is through Jesus Christ.
    The country nowadays wants to accommodate and involve coalitions because we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Our country is suffering because of it too. Christians, don’t forget who you are and Who you stand for.

  2. judy shipp says:

    Thank you for this editorial. Prayer can change a nation.

  3. True says:

    You’re so right… I’m younger, but even I can see the increase in violence from the early 90’s to now. It’s so sad that we can’t go anywhere, especially church, without worrying for our lives. Stop making this about guns. If he didn’t have a gun, he could’ve used a knife. It’s about the lack of Godliness in our society. People do not fear hell, but they should. God will be back very soon, and they will have their judgement.

    If we do nothing, it’s only going to get worse.

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