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Local Pastor Offers Advice After Connecticut Shooting
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on December 16, 2012 @ 12:03AM
Created on December 15, 2012 @ 6:56PM
Leaders like President Obama and our own Governor Tomblin have issued statements about the shooting in Connecticut on Friday. 
Another type of leader also has some words about the tragedy.  A local pastor has some advice for people going through this or a situation like it.

"These children are our children. We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics," said President Obama.

The leader of the nation could give nothing but words of comfort about the slaying of 26 children and adults in the Connecticut mass shooting.  From the tear filled eyes of the president, to the mournful eyes of a local pastor, both different kinds of leaders and both offering words of wisdom.
Marvin Stalnaker is the Pastor of Katy Baptist Church in Fairmont and a contributor to The Times West Virginian Newspaper. He's no stranger to giving advice. And when tragedy strikes, people turn to him for just that.
He is a counselor of a different sort, and says that while they use everything but the Bible to get advice from, he says that's the only thing he uses.
"I can't enter into how you feel, but I can tell you this: That the only comfort that you're going to have, is found in this word right here," Stalnaker said as he pointed to the Bible.
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school was very close to a church. Some people may be on edge, considering that something like this could happen anywhere.
Stalnaker says this would not stop him from his daily routine, and he would do the best he could if someone brought a gun into his church. 
"If anything happened here, of course, I would try to be as responsible as I could be if someone came in here with a gun or a knife, you know, I would try to be responsible."
He added, "But as far as being fearful as being able to be here or something, no."
His final word of advice for the suffering parents or people trying to understand:  "I can assure them, though we don't see what has happened as being anything good, I can tell them that according to God's words, God's going to bring good out of this."

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