I am deliberately avoiding watching the news on television, listening to the news on the radio, or reading the news in the newspaper.
I know enough of the facts: On Friday, a mentally ill young man killed over two dozen people, including little children, in an elementary school in Connecticut.
There are so many questions.
How could this have happened? How could it have been prevented? And inevitably, who is to blame?
Proponents of gun control blame the fact that huge numbers of guns that are readily available, with little difficulty. to the public. People who are in favor of upholding 2nd Amendment rights argue that madmen would find ways to kill regardless of more stringent gun laws.
I have my own opinions, but would rather not get drawn into the debate in this forum, and I respectfully ask that your comments reflect this.
What really matters in the end is that, because of what happened on Friday, there are empty little pajamas at the end of empty little beds. Little jackets are hanging on hooks with mittens hanging off the cuffs, and little boots are lined up next to back doors, waiting for snow ball fights and snow man building adventures that won't happen. Presents are wrapped and under trees for children who won't be there to open them on Christmas. And parents and grandparents with empty arms are mourning.
Families are shattered by grief, friends are unable to find a way to help or explain, and strangers who have never heard of this town in Connecticut before Friday dissolve in tears because of this tragedy, and at the thought of something similar happening in their own town, in their own school, to their own children.
And through my tears, all I can do is pray.
Protect us all from the violence of others,
keep us safe from the weapons of hate
and restore to us tranquility and peace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord
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