Once again I sit here at my desk listening for hours to yet another mass shooting. It took place at the Pentagon this morning. One shooter is dead and there are dead victims. It would be easy for us to give into hopelessness due to this continuing tragedy.
I am sick to my stomach at how easily angry or mentally ill people can get weapons and ammo. I believe that these people want to be the instruments to kill the spirit of America. We have always been tough and persistant as a nation.
We must remain strong and calm. We must not give in to despair or hopelessness. We have taken hits but I believe America can come back positive and strong. We need to believe in ourselves and the basic goodness in people.
Aaron Alexis was the shooter and perhaps had a partner. One shooter is at large. One Washington police officer was shot in the leg. Alexis is dead. Only seven minutes passed before the police arrived. This is pretty amazing. At the moment, thirteen are dead.
For those of us who cherish peace, I ask you to pray for the doctors and nurses taking care of people. I ask for positive prayers to ascend to the heavens. We can find a way to stop the hatred and violence. We can put gun control into place. We can give support to families and friends. We can report suspicious people that we might see.
This is another opportunity to speak out, to write to Congress and say: STOP IT. We do not need to allow these mass shootings to continue.
May peace fill our hearts
May gentleness encircle us
May kindness carry more weight for us
Please give us compassionate peace,
and allow us to succeed. —BMattio