School Shootings a ‘Cultural Problem,’ Kentucky Governor Calls for Day of Prayer


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Republican Governor of Kentucky Matt Bevin says school shootings are a cultural problem. Marshall County High School was supposed to be celebrating in their spirit week only to be met with what can only be described as horror.

Instead of homecoming events, preparations were being made for the funerals of two 15-year-old children who died at the callous hands of their fellow peer. Tuesday’s gun attack by a fellow classmate at the high school left more than a dozen survivors with gunshot wounds as some remain hospitalized. Hundreds more were scarred by what they saw.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin called on Americans Friday to “wake up” and recognize that school shootings are a “cultural problem.”

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has a well-documented anti-gun control stance and it has usually put him at odds with plenty of politicians. Speaking during a community event in Benton, Bevin said:

“We have become desensitized to death, we have become desensitized to killing, we have become desensitized to empathy for our fellow man and it’s coming at an extraordinary price and we have got to look at the root cause of this,” the 51-year-old Republican governor told attendants.

“We can’t celebrate death in video games,” Bevin continued, “celebrate death in TV shows, celebrate death in movies, celebrate death in musical lyrics and remove any sense of morality and sense of higher authority and then expect things like this are not going to happen.”

The governor declared a statewide day of prayer Sunday for the grief-stricken county. It was reminiscent of his response to a wave of urban gun violence last year. Bevin called then on the power of prayer to help combat Louisville’s rising murder rate, and urged people to form prayer groups to walk high-crime neighborhoods. Skeptics wondered aloud whether that would deter gun-wielding thugs.

Bevin, a social conservative who has made it clear that he won’t sign laws that restrict guns, said he’s prepared for more skepticism as he once again asks Kentuckians to pray. But he said he believes God intervenes on behalf “of his people” when they call out to him in prayer.


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