Our Thoughts, Our Prayers

24 Hours. In two different places in this country its citizens were the victims of the violent and heinous acts perpetrated by two gunmen in El Paso and Dayton. These are the reactions of the students of the Ohio Media School.

alaura hayes

When I first heard about the shooting at the Garlic Festival I was sick to my stomach, to even have to imagine a human being having no disregard for life let alone a child’s made me so angry. I immediately thought it was a trump supporter because why not, they have been stirring up so much drama lately it wouldn’t surprise me and I personally feel like the president feeds off of tragedy. I found out that on July 28th 2019 alone there were 5 separate shootings and 11 people had been killed. I was completely in shock all I could do was ask why and pray for all the families. On August 3rd less than a week after that shooting another more deadly one happened in Texas 22 people were killed again due to senseless gun violence and 24 injured, I was sitting at home watching the breaking news like not again this is crazy and sad. That shooting put so much more fear in my mind due to it happening at a Walmart and I am a frequent shopper there it’s like it could really happen anywhere.  The very next day in my own state there was another mass shooting this time claiming the lives of 10 innocent people and all I could do as I read about it on my phone was shake my head in disbelief. Reading about all the deaths and the injured people make me want to leave and go to another country, our country is filled with so much hate and I think it’s only getting worse. I currently don’t have any children and to be honest I really don’t want any if this is what they have to look forward to in this life here in our beloved America.  

johnnie dent

 Some People say that America is a Melting Pot, others say it’s a Salad Bowl. I say it’s more of a cauldron; both an item that used to stew and a situation characterized by instability and strong emotions. Take the most recent public shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio for instance, it’s clear that in our country with its myriad of beliefs, people are stewing. This week 31 people were killed in public places; a Walmart and at a bar within the Oregon Historic District, respectively.  

As with other mass shootings, a collective of politicians and their potentials flood us with promises of gun control, increased criminal background checks, laws to stop gun violence, stronger mental health inquiries, NRA rallies, and rhetoric about protecting the Second Amendment. The next wave is filled with end time prophecy, grief counselors, and condolences. This is done before the victims have even had their burials. Next, is the rush to gather information on the shooter(s). Family, friends, and acquaintances of the shooters are intensely questioned and forced to take the allegorical walk of shame. Property is seized, community relationships are challenged; if not destroyed. We do this to look for clues that could possibly lead to stopping future incidents and yet there are always more that follow. It’s too noisy in our country. 

What if for a time we said nothing until the bodies of the victims were properly buried and memorialized? No propaganda could be forwarded. No domestic terrorist would be able to stake claim. No guns would be researched.  No internet buzzing, and no social media engine would gain followers. No television networks would fight for ratings. No political agendas would get lift or take a lead. If we took a proper moment of silence, maybe God would say something.

tim morgan

michael rosinski

El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Two acts of senseless gun violence in less than 24 hours.  

I’d like to say that the events in these two cities shocked me to my core, and if it was about 10+ years ago, that might’ve still been true. Sadly, these shootings have become so commonplace that I hardly feel anything when I hear about the newest incident of easily avoidable gun violence. Instead, all I feel is anger. Anger towards the people that commit these acts. Anger towards the NRA and companies like them that lobby for more lax gun control laws, as well as backing politicians who will vote with their wallets, not their brains. And anger at the politicians themselves who act like the constitution is concrete and never up for debate or change. I’m just fed-up and angry. We are the only country in the world, by a long shot, where this happens as often as it does. I’ll give you three guesses as to why that is, and the first two don’t count. 

Proponents of the 2nd amendment like to say that if we banned guns, bad people would still do bad things. Ok, but it’s impossible to reach the numbers these shooters do with a knife or some other weapon. I’m tired of the “thoughts and prayers.” I’m tired of the pro-gun rhetoric that’s based on a 230 year old document that was written when the most advanced guns around were flintlocks and muskets. I want real action and policy, not just empty promises and nonsense. 

I’m tired of the blame-shifting. I’m tired of hearing that violent video games are the cause. I’m tired of the inaction from the people who are supposed to be working for the betterment of the country. This is a gun problem first and foremost, arguing otherwise is disingenuous at best. There is no better time for action then now, and I truly hope our politicians can do the right thing, for the sake of our country’s sanity and well being.  

Seeing as how they haven’t done anything meaningful after all that we’ve been through, though, I’m not going to be holding my breath.  

brendan ward

Three hundred and thirty four per year in the United States is a mind boggling number for anything. On average that’s nearly an occurrence every single day of any given year. For something like eating a lunch at Noon, that sounds pretty normal. However, this stat outlines the average number of mass shootings in the United States per year since 2014 per Quartz. Most recently happening in El Paso, Texas, as well as Dayton, Ohio. These subjects are certainly hard to talk about, but we need to have a conversation where both parties’ points are heard out. Debating issues is proven to be the best way to work something out, using logic and statistics to come to a just and fair decision for both parties. Easier said than done due to emotions, especially in a situation like this. The horrific scene that was left at both incidents makes it tough to keep emotions in check. The issue I personally have here is not the gun that was used was a highlight of the story. The motive of the sick individual who chose to carry out such a heinous act was a highlight of the story. The motive itself divides the entire issue into four different avenues, however there is only one avenue that matters when it comes to heinous acts like this. The issue is human on human violence. The stories will tell you that the man was a proclaimed white supremacist who opened fire on individuals based on the color that graces there skin, or even his loyalty to the President. That is entirely the case and should be mentioned. That leads to arguments in other issues. I’m simply trying to tell the world that I do not want to be divided from those people because my skin is not the same color. I want the story that is told to be about an evil individual opened fired on humans, not humans of color. You see the racial divide is huge in America. We as humans need to understand that no matter the skin color, orientation, or mental state of those who fell on the victim side of these horrific tragedies, they were humans. People just like us who had a chance at life, a chance to do something great, and a chance to be the best human they can be, lost that chance last weekend. In Conclusion, to those effected by these horrific acts of terrorism, I want to say my thoughts and prayers are with you in these difficult times. As well as no matter what anybody tells you about where you came from, the color of your skin, the orientation in which you identify, you will always be loved as the brothers and sisters of the humans that we all are.  

jasslyn serrano

Dear Lord,

Oh God. This tragedy is too familiar Lord God. Please help us. This man has let the devil use him and he took away our brothers and sisters. Lord you know our pain, you know how devastated we are. Please give us your strength Lord God. Please give us your hope! Lord, I know this man is sick but no cure could help this sickness of hate besides you. While he is alive Lord I ask that you heal his heart of this sickness so that he doesn’t hurt anyone or himself anymore. Please give the families of these individuals, peace that surpasses their understanding. I ask you Lord to penetrate our hearts and take out any hate or ill will that is against anyone. We understand that there are things we don’t understand and we don’t want to accept that this unfathomable event happened so Lord please help us to understand that you have a plan and that you are still in control. Help us to lean on you and allow you to heal our hearts because we can’t get better without you. May your Will be done and not our own. Give us a renewing of our mind that we may be able to spread love and not let our anger become bitter into hate because that is exactly what happened with this man and dozens of other men who have caused this well too familiar tragedy. I rebuke terrorism in Jesus Name. I rebuke doubt, unforgiveness and hate out of all who have it in their hearts in Jesus Name. I pray for these families and our entire world that need you everyday Lord God. In Jesus Name, Amen.

dasia benton

Hearing about the mass shooting that happened in El  Paso, Texas was such a terrible thing, but to hear about another mass shooting that happened even closer to home not even 24 hours later in Dayton, Ohio which left 9 dead and 27 injured was very gut-wrenching just to read on. One of the victims who was killed in the Dayton, Ohio massacre, Lois Oglesby, 27, FaceTime her boyfriend who is the father of her 6- year old daughter and 2- month old daughter after getting shot in the head and said “Babe, I just got shot in my head, I need to get to my kids”, Lois boyfriend mentioned “this was first time she went after giving birth to our baby girl”.  My heart dropped after reading those words because the picture of it all was in my head as I continued to read.  Another one of the victims, Megan Betts,  22, was the shooter younger sister was also killed that night. I honestly believe that the suspect, Connor Betts, 24, didn’t get the help that he should had received while growing up. I say this because while reading up on the article of the Dayton massacre it was pointed out that when Connor Betts was in high school he had a hit list of people that he wanted to kill and rape, such a disturbing and disgusting thing to do. Just from reading about Betts having a hit list you can tell that there was hurt and anger that he had inside and no one would hear him out or even guide him in the right path. This type of action is never the right was to go. Not only did he put himself in a bad situation, but 36 other innocent lives were affected by his decision within a matter of 30 seconds taking 9 lives and injuring 27.  My deepest condolences and prayers are being sent all of the families who’ve been affected by this tragedy. The families that lost their mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters uncles, aunts,  cousins and friends. I pray for speedy recoveries to those who were injured in these massacres. 

breonna holmes

Hearing about the mass shooting that happened in El  Paso, Texas was such a terrible thing, but to hear about another mass shooting that happened even closer to home not even 24 hours later in Dayton, Ohio which left 9 dead and 27 injured was very gut-wrenching just to read on. One of the victims who was killed in the Dayton, Ohio massacre, Lois Oglesby, 27, FaceTime her boyfriend who is the father of her 6- year old daughter and 2- month old daughter after getting shot in the head and said “Babe, I just got shot in my head, I need to get to my kids”, Lois boyfriend mentioned “this was first time she went after giving birth to our baby girl”.  My heart dropped after reading those words because the picture of it all was in my head as I continued to read.  Another one of the victims, Megan Betts,  22, was the shooter younger sister was also killed that night. I honestly believe that the suspect, Connor Betts, 24, didn’t get the help that he should had received while growing up. I say this because while reading up on the article of the Dayton massacre it was pointed out that when Connor Betts was in high school he had a hit list of people that he wanted to kill and rape, such  a disturbing and disgusting thing to do. Just from reading about Betts having a hit list you can tell that there was hurt and anger that he had inside and no one would hear him out or even guide him in the right path. This type of action is never the right was to go. Not only did he put himself in a bad situation, but 36 other innocent lives were affected by his decision within a matter of 30 seconds taking 9 lives and injuring 27.  My deepest condolences and prayers are being sent all of the families who’ve been affected by this tragedy. The families that lost their mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters uncles, aunts,  cousins and friends. I pray for speedy recoveries to those who were injured in these massacres. 

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