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I am a native North Dakotan who realizes that our state contains a lot of small communities like Wilton, Lincoln, Menoken, St. Anthony and Almont. I and many other North Dakotans have sat in a church on Sunday morning, singing hymns, standing and speaking the liturgy and listening to the sermon. It is as normal as breathing.

The citizens of Sutherland Springs, Texas, were doing that same thing Sunday morning Nov. 5, 2017, they too were worshiping God in their church, but we all know their service was interrupted by a lone, mentally disturbed gunman, using an AR-15 semi-automatic gun that shot and killed 26 of them, whose ages ranged from 5 to 72 years of age.

President Donald Trump traveling in Japan, a country with strict gun laws, declared, as reported by The Washington Post: The shooting was not “a guns situation,” saying instead he believed that it was a “mental health” problem and then added, “this isn’t a guns situation.”

Trump you are wrong; it was a gun situation and what are you and your Republican-controlled congress going to do about it? If your solution is, that I am going to have to carry a gun into the holiness of any house of God, for my protection and that of others, you are mistaken.

Genesis 28:16-17. Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it." He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."

Larry Larsen, Mandan

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