Perhaps the most forgotten murder victims in America, since their deaths don't help advance a particular agenda. Not only those stabbing victims, I also mean these stabbing victims. And countless others whose deaths don't warrant significant attention because they don't help The Way. I mean that, by the way. Prayers should be our first reaction. Unlike Mark, however, you're free do disagree. In what can only be seen as a step down the credibility ladder, prayers have been offered for the individual killed in Seattle. That's a good thing. But not before a post laying out a screed against anyone who disagrees with Mark over gun control, and then essentially threatening anyone who doesn't just come to offer prayers (or my hunch, agree with Mark) with banishment. There's a point where, in my ministry days, we would do what was called an intervention with fellow ministers. This would be about the time. The quality control of the Catholic blogosphere being what it is, however, I wouldn't hold my breath. Prayers for all victims of violence. Prayers that we can find real solutions to the actual problems. And prayers for Mark.
Update: Apparently Mark meant it. Though a couple threw out a few observations in keeping with Mark's general viewpoint, regular commenter 'Peter the Greek' came by to offer prayers, but also correct Mark's strange assertion that this murderer in Seattle was 'Exercising his 2nd Amendment Rights.' Not sure what to make of it. It can't be a lie, since nobody is stupid enough to think it's true. Bombast? Perhaps. Post-modern style disregard for facts and truth? Perhaps. Anyway, ol'Pete stepped in and tried to point out that this was no more an exercise of the 2nd amendment than butchering a virgin on a pagan altar would be an exercise of the 1st amendment. And BAM! Pulled. So again, pray as Mark said, or agree with Mark. Personally, keeping it at prayer is good enough at this point.