I guess I'm strange because I find myself praying more for the gunman than for those who were killed by him. I'm sorry for whatever circumstances led him to believe that killing was the solution to his problems. I pray that he now has peace and knows God's presence. (And I pray this for all who were killed today.)
After 9/11 I found myself praying for Osama bin Laden. Yes, for him, not against him. I prayed for him to come to know Jesus. When I asked other people if they were praying for him, I got startled looks. Many told me I was wasting my time. But Jesus said: pray for your enemies; do good to those who persecute you. So I try to do that.
If Christians don't pray for these people, who will?
What do you think? I welcome you comments on this post or any of the others.