This is an open letter to our elected legislative representatives.

I write with a deep sense of sadness and outrage regarding the most recent mass shooting. Tragically, if you don’t read this letter very soon “the most recent” may need to be updated, because there will almost certainly be another one in the very near future. This is beyond absurd. It is said that the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

We are the only “First World” country where such shootings take place on such a regular basis. Which tells me that it does not need to be this way. I do not want to hear about your “thoughts and prayers.” I do not want to hear platitudes about the importance of protecting 2nd Amendment rights. I do not want to hear NRA talking points. Don’t you dare send me a form letter containing even a hint of such things. I am sick to death of it and it has to stop.

I don’t have any good answers, but I am absolutely certain that they are out there. And I am also absolutely certain that no such answers will be found if we continue on the same path which we have been following up to now, which is to not take any substantive action at all, and mostly not even talking about it. Enough! You were elected to serve the people, which includes making sure we are safe. If children in schools aren’t safe then you simply are not doing your job. End of story. Get to work. Cross the aisle. Talk to your legislative colleagues. Come up with a plan. Get it done. No more excuses. No more thoughts and prayers. Make it stop.

With growing outrage,

Pastor Roger Lynn