We can and should do more to prevent gun violence

Monday , November 13, 2017 - 7:00 AM4 comments

It was an average Sunday for the worshipers in Sutherland Springs, Texas, until a white male armed with an assault rifle and tactical gear killed nearly 30 people. This type of horrific shooting has become appallingly familiar.

Mass shootings are a nearly daily phenomenon in the U.S. Many respond with apathy or passivity, but we can and should do more. Congress can immediately act to fund research around solutions to the gun violence epidemic, ban semi-automatic weapons, ban bump stocks, expand background checks to all private sales over the web, expand safety checks/wellness checks for mentally ill gun owners, implement mandatory coping skills courses in our schools and when getting a gun permit, and loudly denounce gun violence.

Thoughts and prayers should begin our response, but we must end with concrete changes to our broken gun laws. As James 2:17 states, "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone."

R. Cameron Morgan

Kaysville

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