As a Chris­tian

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

who be­lieves in and cher­ishes the sanc­tity of all life on this planet, I was dev­as­tated to learn of the ap­par­ently racially mo­ti­vated shoot­ing at a church in Charleston, S.C.

We as a na­tion still have a long way to go to re­solve our racial is­sues and in­tol­er­ance. Lo­cal, state and fed­eral author­i­ties should com­mit as many re­sources as nec­es­sary to in­ves­ti­gate why the al­leged shooter did it and en­sure that jus­tice is done. We, as Amer­i­cans, must all in­tro­spec­tively re­flect on this hor­ri­ble crime and ask what we can do to heal the wounds that con­tinue to di­vide our great na­tion.

I of­fer my deep­est sym­pa­thies to the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims.

Michael Pravica

Hen­der­son, Nev.

The seeds of the lock-and-load so­ci­ety cre­ated by the Na­tional Ri­fle Assn. and nur­tured by the Repub­li­can Party are bear­ing fruit. Nine more Amer­i­cans have been killed, this time in a church while pray­ing, by a for­merly law-abid­ing citizen with a gun.

Guns rule in ev­ery town. The ques­tion is no longer “Will your city ex­pe­ri­ence a mass shoot­ing?” but rather “When will your city ex­pe­ri­ence a mass shoot­ing?”

One won­ders if this is what the framers had in mind back in 1791 when they adopted the 2nd Amend­ment.

Frank Fer­rone

El Ca­jon, Calif.

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