Re. the SC Church Shooting...
Thursday, June 18, 2015
I just found out about this from a Sparkfriend's blog. A man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside a church in downtown Charleston, S.C., Wednesday night. Nine people have died, including the pastor. A 5-year-old child survived by dropping to the ground and "playing dead".
The gunman had actually stayed and watched the service for an hour before shooting. The congregation tried to convince the gunman to stop shooting. Instead, he said to them, "I have to do it. You rape our women and you're taking over our country, and you have to go."
They're now saying this will be classified as a hate crime, as well as murder--it occurred in a historic black church.
I'm an atheist, but to me a church should be able to represent peace and safety and caring to its members. To think that that has been forever violated for this congregation by one man's selfish and senseless act angers me immensely.
There are already people posting things like, "Oh, the gunman must have been in so much pain for him to commit such an act!" and "We must forgive him and pray for him, he's in such a dark place!" OK, that's their opinion, I get that. I'll be the first to admit I'm not always politically correct. I will also admit that I lack much social grace, on occasion. So, perhaps folks on SparkPeople can take those things into account when I say this:
"I hope this gunman gets caught and gets what he deserves. I hope he's prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I believe that currently South Carolina is one of the death penalty states. I hope that he's convicted and sentenced accordingly...and that he's completely terrified the whole time--as terrified as that little 5-year-old child was, and will be, for a long, long time."
Most importantly, I wish healing and peace for the members of this church and their loved ones...both physically and mentally.
Thanks for listening, friends.