Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
This week the lives of 17 people were taken in a mass shooting. There were 14 students and three adults killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
There are several others who were injured.
Families are now making plans for the funerals of those who died.
I think in regard to mass shootings my heart broke after hearing about the gunman killing 20 first graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. That was in 2012. How could anyone do this to these sweet children?
The New York Times recently reported:
When a gunman killed 20 first graders and six adults with an assault rifle at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, it rattled Newtown, Conn., and reverberated across the world. Since then, there have been at least 239 school shootings nationwide. In those episodes, 438 people were shot, 138 of whom were killed.
Just about every time there has been a mass shooting since Sandy Hook, I’ve written these words:
I said after the last mass shooting that if the leaders of our country did nothing back in December 2012 when 20 sweet, young, elementary school students and six staff members were gunned down in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, who in the hell thinks they will do anything now?
I still hold out hope that our country will tackle this problem and find a solution. I pray for that day to come quickly.
Although people make fun of the “thoughts and prayers” messages when a mass shooting happens these days, I still really feel that prayers for those who were affected by these shootings are helpful. Sure, we need to do more than send “thoughts and prayers” but for now that’s all we got – and prayer is pretty powerful.
Have a great week!