Response to Mass Shooting

February 14, 2018

Again this week we witnessed the tragedy of mass shootings in our country and community. Again we feel the shock, horror, and outrage. Again our hearts are broken with grief and sadness. Again we hear the predictable responses. Again we grow helpless and cynical that nothing will change. Again we become hopeless. Again in a way we become victims also.  

We talk about what to do. Connecting with and supporting the grieving is appropriate. Committing ourselves to becoming attentive neighbors who create strong and hopeful communities for everyone is a good focus. Prayer is the right thing to do, but prayer without action is hollow. The first step in overcoming helplessness and hopelessness is to act prayerfully. While the politicians talk about what can’t be done, it is time for us to let them know what can be done. There are a variety of steps on the table. Some of you may favor some more than others. Gun registration, background checks, improved mental health care, security in schools, to name a few. Let your elected representatives know where you stand.

Personal letters are most effective.  If you can’t write, call.

Representative ___________________
U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.  20515

Senator ______________________
U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.  20510

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John Keeny and Colleen Ogle