I send my thoughts and prayers to the victims of the mass shooting in San Bernardino. This senseless killing is just awful.
I also want to say that tragic events do not turn people into bigots and racists, rather they give bigots and racists excuses to come out of the woodwork. This tragic event was perpetrated by two individuals, not by a religion. Timothy McVeigh carried out the Oklahoma City bombing. Because McVeigh claimed to be a Christian, does not mean the Christian faith and its adherents bear responsibility. From illegal wars to the KKK, there is no shortage of examples of individuals perverting the Christian faith by using the Word of God to kill and terrorize other human beings. Therefore, I urge people to understand that just as there are crazy people who claim Christianity as their religion, disturbed people exist who claim to be Muslim.
Having studied all the religions of the world, I know that Islam has fundamental tenets of mercy, compassion, and peace. I pray that my Muslim brothers and sisters are not scapegoated. These crimes belong to each perpetrator.
In regard to gun violence, I will, again, repost a link to my thoughts following the Oregon massacre.