July 8, 2016

Three days of tragedy in July of 2016 - The Gun Culture

On July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling, age 37, an Afro-American male, was killed by police officers during an altercation outside of a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he had been selling CD's. Police were responding to a call that a man outside of the store had a gun. Police say Alton Sterling was armed and an eyewitness said he had a gun in his pocket. However, videos of the struggle show what appears to be the unlawful killing of Alton Sterling.

Pray for Alton Sterling
On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile, age 32, an Afro-American male, was killed by a police officer in St. Paul, Minnesota, during a routine traffic stop for a broken tail-light. Philando told the officer that he had a gun in his possession. As he was reaching for his wallet to get out his license and registration, he was shot multiple times. This tragic death was also video taped and gives you a brutal sense of the insanity of this situation.

Pray for Philando Castile
On July 7, 2016, Micah Xavier Johnson, age 25, an Afro-American male, killed 5 police officers and wounded 7 others in Dallas, Texas. The officers were in attendance at a Black Lives Matter Protest being staged in Dallas. Micah Johnson told the police that he was upset about recent police shootings of Afro-Americans. He stated that he wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers, and that he acted alone. He was killed at the scene by way of a robotic bomb explosion. 

Pray for Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith and Lorne Ahrens
Pray for justice for Alton Sterling and for Philando Castille. Pray for those who have lost them. 

Pray for the five Police Officers in Dallas who died in the line of duty. Pray for those who have lost them.

Pray for an end to the "American Gun Culture". 

Work toward the control and the restriction of firearms in America. 

We are shooting first and asking questions later. 

We are killing each other for no reason.

God help us. Amen. 

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