PUBLISHED: Friday, August 17, 2007
A man who felt demeaned opened fire in a Neosho, Mo., church last weekend. He killed three people and wounded five others before surrendering to police.
A member of the church, he said he was angry because others were talking about him behind his back. T
he tragedy in Neosho could have been avoided if the man involved had had the professional help he obviously needed. The personal pain he suffered might not have cost three people their lives if he had not been so heavily armed. ...
There were about 50 people in the church at the time.
If he had been armed with a club or a knife he almost certainly would have been wrestled to the floor and disarmed before he could have killed three and wounded five. But 50 unarmed men, women and children are no match for a berserk man with such an arsenal.
One really can’t argue that the best remedy society can offer to prevent such incidents is to arm pastors, install metal detectors at church entrances or post armed guards at either side of church altars at every service. Or to advise all attending worshippers to come to church ready for a gunfight. To be prepared, in other words, to fight violence with violence.
Is there any religion that agrees with this logic?
It is both more practical and more moral to keep weapons intended only for killing people off the open market and out of the hands of all but law enforcement officers.
— The Iola Register