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Soul Searching After Mass Murder

Another reason we eagerly look for "the one who is to come."
Mark Galli

We're compelled to figure out why Matthew Murray shot and killed five Christians in two separate shootings this past Sunday. Bloggers and pundits have already begun exploring his Christian homeschool upbringing and the zealous nature of Youth With a Mission, a group he was involved with in 2002 — implying that extreme religiosity was a contributing factor. (All that rigid legalism and judgmentalism — no wonder he got mad!)

Others are satisfied that the explanation goes no further than mental instability — that Murray was clearly and simply deranged.

(An exploration of this issue might bring us to an assault on high-powered weapons, which this writer hopes will be successful. I'm no anti-gun crusader; as unchristian as it may sound, I was glad that Jeanne Assam, the New Life volunteer security guard, owned a handgun and used it to take Murray down. Still, I can't imagine why our country allows private citizens to own weapons whose primary purpose is not the defense of human ...

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