Former student kills 6 at Northern Illinois University

DEKALB, Illinois (CNN) — A gunman dressed in black stepped from behind a curtain at the front of a large lecture hall at Northern Illinois University on Thursday and shot 21 people, six of them fatally, then shot and killed himself, said university president John Peters.

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What is the cause of the recent increase in school shootings? Is it the accessibility to guns? Is it the publicity of the aftermath? Is it the glorification in media? Is it the increasing desensitization to violence? Is it the desperate need for purpose? What is it?

Lord, this nation needs you. We pray your mercy be upon us and our children.

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