Letters to the Editor

Maybe the devil made mass shooters do it

I wrote this two days before the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings.

These days we are seeing news on television about so many bad things happening in this country. Things such as mass shootings. It seems to me there's so much more of these kinds of things now than 50 years ago. In fact, when I was growing up in the 1940s and '50s, I never heard of anything that was labeled a mass shooting.

Recently, TV reporters or policemen quite often remark about mass shootings that the killer's motive is unknown. Then, we may never hear any more about motives in those atrocities.

It occurs to me that there may be an explanation about why no motives are evident for the perpetrators of such crimes. For hundreds of years, in this country, it was believed that such hideous crimes were inspired by the devil. There is even a joke, saying, "Oh, the devil made me do it." Except, it's not funny.

It turns out that it says in Chapter 12 of the Bible's Book of Revelation, that in the very end times, the head devil will be kicked out of heaven and confined to the Earth. And, it is also recorded in the Gospels that humans may be controlled by devils. If so controlled, it might be that such criminal acts are not motivated, but are spiritually inspired.

So, should we be searching for motivation or inspiration, when people do very bad things? If one accepts the idea of devils, then the answer becomes clear. The devil did, in fact, make them do it.

JOHN PAINTER

College Station


Let's be involved in the local community

I'd like to get the word out on Rafael Peña, former Single Member District 2 Bryan City Council member who is running for reelection. I met him at a meeting for activists in the Downtown Bryan area. He announced that he would be running again and gave input on the topic of discussion whose data we were going over about becoming an active member in your community.

I had an issue on my mind that I've had trouble getting clear information on and we got into such discussion. He was informative. He cared. And since then, he has not failed to schedule time for representing the community in ordinance meetings and showing up to local meetings of various organizations that I am a part of. He has been an absolute ally to other politicians looking to establish connection to the community and its needs.

I hope that anyone looking to build a network of inclusive people who make strides to make their surroundings better will look into this candidate, come to the various meetings going on and be the change that they we wish to see reflected.

KARESTIAH LAWSON

College Station