The World Methodist Council notes with sadness and regret the fatal mass-shooting which occurred at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, USA, on October 1, killing 10 and injuring seven. Echoing the words of U.S. President Barack Obama, we are frustrated by how “routine” these shootings have become. According to the crowd-sourced ShootingTracker.com, this is the 295th mass-shooting in the United States this year (the site reports another mass-shooting occurred the same day in Florida), and the 45th shooting to have taken place at a school according to Everytown for Gun Safety website.

General Secretary Ivan Abrahams responded to the news by saying “I grieve with the families of those who have lost their loved ones in yet another senseless slaying at the hands of a gunman. It is unconscionable that there have been 45 shootings at schools in the U.S. alone and yet the government and media seem to be ambivalent.” Bishop Grant Hagiya who oversees the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church stated, “My heart aches, and my prayers go out to all of those who were killed or injured. Let us call upon the power of God to heal and comfort during this challenging time.”

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