Gunshots ring out. People run screaming. Police sirens wail.

That scene has become all too common lately in the world in which we live.

A few days ago, nearly 60 people were killed in a terroristic act in Las Vegas as country music lovers settled in for concerts.

One man with a plethora of guns was the culprit.

And we are left to ask the familiar question: Why?

Violence is no stranger to the world, dating as far back when Cain murdered his brother, Abel.

God asked Cain at that time where his brother was, and Cain responded: “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Today, we are left asking the same question.

We still have not found a way to avoid sin of any type in our world today. As a nation, we find ourselves inundated with the latest mass shooting or violent act that turns into “the worst” in the country’s history.

Immediately after such incidents, we are pelted with people pleading for greater gun control, and gun-right’s activist saying it’s a constitutional right.

We continue to argue back and forth, with nothing ever being solved.

In a week’s time, or a month’s time, we are faced with another similar situation.

Gunshots ring out. People run screaming. Police sirens wail.

The headlines read nearly identical to what they did before.

No gun laws will be able to tame what violence a deranged individual would like to carry out. When a person’s heart is filled with violence, they will act out of pain and suffering.

Deaths will mount. Tears will be shed. Violence will ensue.

We might never know why the latest act in Las Vegas was carried out. Every indication is Stephen Paddock and his cache of weapons was acting out of hate, not love, obviously. He chose his own path to follow, just as Cain did thousands of years ago.

He had no “brother’s keeper” to focus him on what was important in his life, and what his life was missing.

There was only pain, not joy. There was no help that he obviously needed — or he turned it away when offered. His demons were just too strong.

Freewill can be a dangerous thing at times. We’ve grown to know that all too well lately.

There always will be violence in the world. There always will be hatred.

What we need now is peace — in our hearts, in our homes, in our country.

It’s not a matter of right or wrong, good or evil. We, as a nation, know those answers already. But do our brothers? Have we helped them as we should?

There will be more gunshots, more people running and screaming, more police sirens.

In the end, the choice is ours what our nation will become and how it will respond before the next “world’s deadliest” takes place.

If we need to find comfort in the world, we will turn to John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Editorial by Nick Schwien

nschwien@dailynews.net