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Horror in Las Vegas

October 2, 2017

Let us not distract ourselves from the horror of what has happened here. For the 59 who are dead, remember all the parents who have to tell their children that Mommy or Daddy won’t be coming home again, or the grieving lovers and spouses and parent and friends who cannot bear the agony they are going through now. Let us not distract ourselves from thinking about the hundreds, 500 plus, in pain, some now even fighting for their lives. Let us not forget the police and other first responders, the doctors and nurses who have been heroes dealing with this, absolute heroes, confronting a scene of carnage even they were unprepared for. May they all be blessed. May the hand of God be upon them and comfort them in their desperate hour.

And let us not give in to those who say we should not politicize this, that tonight is not the night, and whatever else they’ll say to distract us from the work to be done. As Jesus overthrew the tables of the money-changers, let us now do the same … and say to those who for the sake of money refuse to allow the things that yes we CAN do … to close the loopholes, to check the backgrounds, to mitigate the risks. NRA, you know who you are. You do not exist to protect the 2nd Amendment; you exist to protect the billions of dollars made by gun manufacturers. We see you, and we know who you are. Politicians who do their bidding, you know who you are…and so do we. Tonight, we will not distract ourselves from this horror. And tomorrow, we will not distract ourselves from the work that it is ours, as citizens, to do. We will not forget this. Enough is enough.

As of tonight, with God’s help, things will finally change. Amen.

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