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Prayers and Action: A Preacher’s Position on Another Mass Shooting

I do not even know where to begin, I am so heartbroken. The latest school shooting in Parkland Florida is terrible, but what I find most tragic in all these mass shootings is the incredible lack of action. Let me say as a pastor, for the first time I am not excited about thoughts and prayers, I want action. I want somebody to do something. I want people to stop screaming at each other at what won’t work and what won’t prevent mass shootings, and let’s just try something. I am ready for a trial and error approach. Try one person’s plan, and if it doesn’t work, move to the next, and the next, and the next, so one day we will not have a school or concert or church or job place marred by horrific tragedy. The one truth we know in all of this is doing nothing is accomplishing nothing. Doing nothing is preventing nothing.

I cannot think of any other mass tragic events in America that takes dozens of lives per tragedy where our leadership and our nation says, “Bad people will do bad things,” and then takes zero action. Let’s examine our government’s response to other acts of terror on our soil.

Timothy McVeigh bombs the federal building in Oklahoma City and we acted. Congress and the President passed the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 and the Victim Allocution Clarification Act of 1997. Also, the purchase of ammonium nitrate has been heavily regulated, and is now monitored by the Department of Homeland Security. No one said it’s just fertilizer.

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