Wednesday, December 19, 2007
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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."