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Letter - Cal Thomas off base on Colorado shooting

To the editor:

He's been waiting years for this to happen. Cal Thomas, in a recent viewpoint, lauds the confrontation at a church in Colorado between an armed security guard and a person with a mental disorder.

He admits that the gunman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound but says it doesn't matter. The mere presence of an armed ex-police officer saved the lives of many more people inside the church. According to the church pastor, he has a 15- to 20-member security staff because "that's the reality of our world."

Again, from Thomas' column, the gunman had been expelled from the youth organization for health reasons. I read nothing more about his illness, whether physical or mental. Perhaps we'll learn more from Cal in his next article. I can't imagine that a sore throat or sprained ankle would result in expulsion, can you? Is it possible that there were early warnings given by the gunman's actions? How long, I wonder, did he "vow revenge" in the several "profanity-laced rants" that were posted on the Web?

Did this 10,000-member church offer help of a positive nature to this deranged man? Do they have an outreach group other than those 15 to 20 security guards? Thomas quotes the security guard, "God was with me, I knew what I had to do."

Does God stay only at the side of the armed guards at this church? Cal says that killers can be stopped by law-abiding citizens with guns. Jesus says, "I was sick and you visited me. Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

Merry Christmas!

Milt Longbottom

Conyers