Again, we have witnessed an act of disregard for human life – young and old alike. As more information is released about the recent shooting in the small church in Texas, it still doesn't make sense.
It happened at a Sunday morning service in a town with less than 700 people. At least 26 people ranging from the ages of one to 77 were killed and over 20 more wounded.
The church was located at Sutherland Springs near San Antonio.
Through the years our church homes have been a place where we can go and leave our problems outside for just a little while. Churches, as well as schools, should be places of safety where we should not be afraid or have to worry about such horrible killings.
I came home from a wonderful church service on Sunday, Nov. 5, where our congregation enjoyed sharing our annual harvest dinner, to the news of the church shooting in Texas. No matter how many times we hear these stories, it is shocking and heart breaking.
When we hear of a church shooting, school shooting, or a driver of a vehicle deliberately running people over, it reminds us it can happen anywhere.
In the Texas church shooting, one family alone lost eight members covering three generations. Most services I attend at our little country church has four generations of my immediate family attending along with aunts and cousins.
The survivors who witnessed the act have to live with the memory and the fear one lone, disturbed person brought into their lives.
This wasn't a foreign act of terrorism like many of the other attacks we have seen in recent years. It evidently was a person with problems and a history of violence with a personal grudge against the family he was once part of and a church he once attended.
Let's remember those people who belong to the small congregation in the small town several hundred miles away. These mass murders can happen in rural areas as well as in metropolitan areas.
I have never thought church was a place to carry guns but something like this makes me wonder. If someone inside the church had a weapon maybe the shooter could have been stopped sooner. Then again, who knows.
I know the mega churches do have security in place but who would think a small, rural congregation would have to worry.
It was reported the shooter should not have been allowed to purchase a weapon because of his violent history. Even with background checks, nothing can be 100 percent perfect. I have always felt if a person is determined to do something evil, he/she will find a way.
Let's hope more attention will be placed on making sure the people who should not have a gun are on the list to prevent them from legally purchasing a weapon.
Let's keep the victims and their families in our prayers.