Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Meticulous Planning by Las Vegas Gunman Before He Opened Fire
Before he mowed down concertgoers from a perch high in a hotel tower, Stephen C. Paddock created a ring of surveillance around him, with video cameras in his suite and in the hallway, law enforcement officials said on Tuesday. But investigators were still at a loss to offer a motive for the massacre.
The cameras — apparently intended to warn of approaching threats — along with the 23 guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and other equipment found in the gunman’s hotel suite, suggested a thought-out plan to have plenty of time to wreak carnage while holding the police at bay.
Twelve of the rifles Mr. Paddock had in his luxury suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino were outfitted with a “bump stock,” a device that enables a gun to fire hundreds of rounds per minute, like a machine gun, which may explain how he was able to rain such devastation on the crowd below, law enforcement officials said. Such devices are generally legal, and the possibility that he may have used them set off a fresh round of calls by Democratic lawmakers in Washington to pass more gun regulations after the tragedy.
Readings from the Prophet Hosea for Wednesday, October 4, 2017
The book of Hosea is a plea for the people to change their mind about what is most important and to return to a relationship with God.
There is a three-fold change of mind and heart that is called for. First, there is a sincere coming to God. Second, there is a rejection of idols. Remember, an idol is anything we give our allegiance and loyalty to other than God. Third, there is a heart of compassion for the vulnerable of the earth.
Hosea 14.1-3 – Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. Take words with you and return to the Lord; say to him, “Take away all guilt; accept that which is good, and we will offer the fruit of our lips. Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses; we will say no more, ‘Our God,’ to the work of our hands. In you the orphan finds mercy.”
Prayers for Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Dear God, may the people of our nation return to you, turn away from idols, and care for the vulnerable.