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Ron GoodpastureOctober 5, 2017

Interesting that there is no mention in this article of Lucifer, who dances with pleasure at things like this. As a retired police detective I can testify that the devil and his angels are often present at murders. Just for information, part of military training is designed to dehumanize the enemy; the only exception I know of to this principle is the righteous Nephites in the Book of Mormon. The truth is that, unfathomable though this heinous crime may be to us, these types of incidents have always been with us and always will be until Satan is bound, Social Engineering notwithstanding. But try we must and try we will.

Steve PerezOctober 5, 2017

Interesting article, but it is deeper than "dehumanization" that causes someone to carry out the horrific act of mass murder. It is obvious, that a young man raised without a father will suffer from mental and/or social issues. Nearly every mass murderer in history was raised without a father. Additionally, according to forensic psychologists, approximately 1% of the world population are psychopaths and/or sociopaths. How do you cure that? This is not a new "plague". It began with Cain and has continued through the ages. Watch the movie, "Minority Report" and you will realize that the only way man can stop violent and heinous crimes from being committed is through special technology that can foresee the future acts of humans. Short of this, The Savior of the world, Jesus Christ is the Way , the Truth, and the Light. "The Plague of our day" will cease only when He returns.

JOctober 5, 2017

I commented above but as I pondering this morning about the topic, I remembered something that happened to me when I first met a couple. They were poor. They had tattoos. They were dirty. They smelled. Had missing teeth. Talked differently. Lived an unhealthy lifestyle. Dressed sloppy. And to top it off they were worked up because of something that just happened. I was uncomfortable. Then it happened - seemingly out of nowhere, God allowed me to see them how they really are - and they were beautiful! My vision was impaired before this. I judged based on what I thought I was seeing. I am so grateful to God that I was allowed to see as He sees for just a few seconds. It changed me. What Brother Ferrell asked, "What practices or beliefs or prejudices need to be extinguished from us?" is exactly what we need to do as we see others and as we see ourselves. If we catch ourselves seeing differently, "We need to get ourselves out of every belief and practice that justifies our treating others [and ourselves] with anything less than dignity and respect." I still catch myself seeing things through the wrong lens at times and I've not been able to perfectly replicate what I saw that day. However, I am grateful to know that when I do think that way, I can assuredly say I am wrong and that's not how the Lord sees others/ourselves. So until I can always feel and see as He does, I'll agree with Brother Ferrell and know that I am not seeing everything clearly and work on removing any prejudice, judgment, hate, or anything else that obstructs my view until I can see others [and myself] as God sees.

CharlieBrown2292October 5, 2017

The Lord loves the Sinner but hates Sin. That's the essential issue in our current, violent world. For example, Germany welcomed 1 million Refugees from the Middle-East without considering how those refugees - mostly males - would be integrated into the German society, including what threat those supporting radical Islam in their group represented for the country. So the issue is to be kind enough not to let those people starve, freeze, or not receive some form of medical assistance. But not accepting to the point that anyone can enter the country just because their homeland is at war or that they are too poor there.

Larry BarrettOctober 5, 2017

Thank you John v. K (commented on Oct. 4) for stating clearly what Bro Ferrel and others won't. The only problem with dumping the 2nd amendment is: (1) it was put in by our founders as a check against tyranical governments, not as a way to make sure hunting and shooting sports are maintained. (2) Even if trashing the constitution were possible and therefore worthy of consideration, getting "Guns out of the hands of the public" as you phrased it is by any measure, impossible. Lots of law abiding people will never relinquish and nary a single criminal would either. (3) Self protection is likely the single most important inalienable right God has provided us.

PaulOctober 5, 2017

@John v. K Sounds nice in theory, but in practice? Well that's whole 'nother story. Coz, just in case you weren't aware, the 2nd amendment is a whole lot more than the right to bear arms. So scrapping the 2nd amendment would have unintended consequences. And, how on earth are you going to get rid of all them guns? Coz the States has a LONG history of guns, guns and more guns. I read somewhere that the average gun owner owns (IIRC) 7 guns. Many have far more, as evidenced by this latest shooter. Several HuNdReD guns he legally owned. So how do you realistically expect to confiscate them? Because even I, from lil ol' Noo Zilund, knows that the military might try but they would be outnumbered and the uprising by preppers would be HUGE.

Gerald G FullerOctober 5, 2017

Susan Walker, Isee your point, but I would suggest that if we could put into effect the practice described erm truly and universally, included in the results would be abolition of war an all other atrocities of man’s inhumanity to man.

JOctober 4, 2017

What is to be done when that person in the mirror does not respect him/herself? There is little motivation to see others differently in such a state of mind. Is the message that if we as a human race remove objectifying people, the person is less prone to see no worth in him/herself?

Susan WalkerOctober 4, 2017

Using the military as an example does not seem right to me. While sexual harassment in the military has to stop you cannot ask the members of the military to see everyone without making them less that they are. That is the nature of war - killing the ones you deem wrong or those having lesser values than you do. Find a different comparison or find a way to stop war.

Dr. HOctober 4, 2017

An excellent article! I'm reminded of 2 Timothy 3:3, which talks about the last days when men will be "without natural affection." When one looks at mass murder in Africa or millions of annual abortions in western countries, which elicit nothing more than a shrug for many people, one can only conclude that we've reached the point mentioned in Timothy's epistle. The perpetrator in Las Vegas was clearly suffering from mental illness. But is our society encouraging that sort of expression for those who are unbalanced mentally?

George ThompsonOctober 4, 2017

This act of violance is bad but not new. Think of Hitler, Stalin or Mao All of Heavenly Fathers children deserve respect and to be treated fairly. Those who act poorly may at some future point repent. We have to be ready to defend ourselves and our families or take cover at all times as may be required.

michael edwardsOctober 4, 2017

does anyone actually think that this world is going to become a better place ? over the years i have read any number of scriptures and prophecies that plainly show that this world will continue to go to hell in a handcart until the second coming. for goodness sakes it's one of the basic tenets of this church. the best we can do and hope for, is to try to do better in our own little sphere of influence. the world is NOT going to become a better place. as someone who works for the largest and best law enforcement agency in Georgia you can quote me on that. i'm not being fatalistic i'm just being honest, and all the hand wringing and cries for gun control and flowers laid at the sites of massacres will not change a thing.

John v. KOctober 4, 2017

The answer is simple and it's been put into practise in Japan and Australia with positive results: scrap the second amendment and got guns out of the hands of the public. Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.

Kara DunkelOctober 4, 2017

Brother Ferrell, Thank you for your insights and encouragement to look in the mirror and identify what we need to change within ourselves. Thank you, also, for your clarity about the bigger issues we are facing as humans facing dehumanization. Yes, we need dignity and respect for self and others to be embraced, valued and taught to every generation and it all starts in the home.

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