At this writing, there is no motive for the atrocity that occurred in Las Vegas. While this slaughter is being lamented by everyone in the nation, the number of individuals killed makes this man look like a piker compared to some notable murderers.

Those noted killers were mostly Communists. Fidel Castro sent hundred of his perceived political enemies to the wall to be killed. Then there was Mao Tse Tung and Pol Pot who racked up impressive kills, and who can forget Joseph Stalin’s murders? Going back even further in history, we have Atilla the Hun and the Impaler.

But, for systematic and technological murder by very sophisticated methods, Adolph Hitler takes the cake. Hitler killed six million Jews without ever having his own finger on the trigger. Of course there were other historic murderers. It seems there always are.

With no motivation for his killings in sight, I must attribute his actions to being possessed by a demon, of which many are mentioned in the Bible.

So, with sympathy to the residents of Nevada, and all those who lost their friends and relatives in that horrible blood bath, my prayer is that such a slaughter will never happen again in this or any other nation.

Jack Pierce, Mattoon

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Penny Weaver is the associate publisher and editor of the JG-TC. She also is an award-winning columnist for the newspaper.

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