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Excerpts from remarks by the Rev. William A. Doubleday, Rector of St. Mark’s Church, Mt. Kisco, New York (and incorporated into Fr. Barrie’s sermon on October 8):
I say SHAME on a nation in which it has become politically impossible to even discuss the need for gun control in what has become one of the most violent and death-ridden nations of the Western World.
I say SHAME on a Supreme Court that has so misconstrued “the right to bear arms” that safeguards which stood in place for decades – at least in wiser communities – are no longer possible.
I say SHAME on the National Rifle Association and all its members for hi-jacking the election process across our land.
I say SHAME on [our political leaders] for offering pious pabulum instead of moral leadership on the recurring national horror of lunatics with guns being allowed to terrorize a country and its communities on a regular basis.
I say SHAME on all of us that we do not press vigorously for an end to random mass shootings which now occur on a regular basis in schools, college campuses, military bases, shopping malls, post offices, work places, public parks, public transportation vehicles, movie theatres, places of worship, and virtually anywhere else that we might go on a daily basis.
I say SHAME on us for becoming so inured to the madness of gun violence in America that we listen to the news reports of the latest shootings with complacency rather than absolutely resolute moral outrage that something must be done to change the epidemic of guns, gun sales, gun profits, gun lobbies, and gun misuse and abuse in the United States of America.
I say SHAME on all of us for failing to recognize the people with very serious mental illnesses in our midst and for failing to get them help before they needlessly kill countless others. Fiercely limited access to adequate mental health and addiction services for everyone in this country remains a worsening scandal across our land.
I say SHAME on us for being a country with a staggering history of assassinations and woundings of Presidents, Governors, Senators, Representatives, Civil Rights leaders, public employees and neighbors and family members.
I say SHAME on us that violence in churches continues to rise and still we people of faith do little or nothing about it.
I believe that Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and Kennedy; Senators Huey Long and Robert F. Kennedy; Governor George Wallace; Civil Rights leaders like Malcolm X., Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Episcopal Seminarian Jonathan Daniels, TO NAME BUT A FEW, would join me in saying:
SHAME ON [US] FOR NOT LEARNING THAT GUNS KILL AND THAT PUTTING THEM IN THE HANDS OF THE MENTALLY ILL AND THE CRIMINALLY MINDED WILL NEVER MAKE US A SAFER NATION.