Franklin Graham Issues Statement on Arizona Shooting

By   •   January 10, 2011

As the American people grapple for answers to the question of how something as senseless as this shooting could happen, we need to be measured and cautious before we place blame.

Hasty accusations have already been made before much information is known and an investigation has occurred. I believe this is counterproductive and could in itself incite hatred. This is not a time for political opportunism.

Just because we disagree with someone from another political party does not mean we wish them harm. Furthermore, if something horrific happens to a person, it does not mean those who hold differing views are responsible for the actions of a disturbed individual.

What frightens me is that our country has accepted murder, violence and rape as entertainment that we see portrayed every day on TV, movies and video games. If we as a nation are not careful, we could see the destruction of the foundation upon which this nation was built.

Clearly our politicians and pundits on the left and right must also be careful. Their leadership and rhetoric must set an example for decency and civility.

My prayer is that God will put His loving arms around the families and victims in their time of loss and great suffering, and that they would sense His presence and comfort in their lives.

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  1. Gail says:

    I am thankful for the words of Franklin Graham. I believe his has used wisdom from above. Following in his fathers foot steps. Our country needs strong men and women to a voice for Christian values. I also agree that we should be praying for Jarod and his family.

  2. John says:

    I believe that Christianity comes first before our political affiliations. As believers, our words should be uplifting both in public and private. I believe we can always find a loving and uplifting way of registering our protest to our government. I agree with Franklin that our leaders must set an example of decency and civility especially if you are a believer and a leader.