As the nation once again struggles to cope with a mass shooting – in what has become far too common an occurrence – the portrait emerging of a deeply troubled young man with easy access to firearms  is a tragically familiar common thread in this kind of violence. Is this really something that is simply beyond us, as a society, to comprehend? And is it beyond us, as a society, to do anything about it? In looking for a way to address the Navy Yard tragedy on this week’s show, we turn to Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago – a community that’s been particularly hard-hit by gun violence. Rev. Moss also has deep personal experience with the tragic toll that mental illness can take, and he’ll share his story with us in addition to his own reaction to this week’s tragedy in Washington, DC.

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