A shooting in Newtown

An unspeakable act, an unbearable pain

Sandy Hook Elementary School
A sign on a post outside Sandy Hook Elementary School shows support for the victims of a gunman who opened fire inside the school on Friday, Dec. 15, 2012, Newtown, Conn. The massacre killed six adults and 20 children, ages 6 and 7. Photo courtesy of CBS News.

This past Friday, a gunman by the name of Adam Lanza burst into a schoolroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and opened fire on the students and faculty, killing almost thirty people, most of whom were young children.

This tragedy leaves a nation in shock and a community in terrible agony. As details of this event are still unfolding, many questions arise. Some are wondering about the tenacity of current gun legislation and regulatory enforcement. Schools across the country are revisiting existing security protocol. Parents everywhere are fearful for the safety of their children.

The greatest difficulty for myself and Holly has come in trying to explain all this to our young ones, as well as sharing in the grief that the families in Newtown undoubtedly feel. How do we begin to talk with any clarity about what has happened?

How can we wrap our minds around what compels an individual to commit such a heinous crime? Our lack of understanding on such matters is perhaps what causes us to react, with clear urgency, in producing some sort of definitive solution. But a nation’s need for peace of mind shouldn’t rob us of our capacity for empathy. Christians might also quickly produce a technically sufficient explanation as to the problem of evil in the world. But, we risk a great deal of callousness and insensitivity in doing so.

For my part, I wish to simply mourn and weep with those who are weeping.




One thought on “A shooting in Newtown

  1. Thank you for your comments. As a nation I believe that we are all mourning.

    I believe that the pen is mightier than the sword. Several people are sending cards and letters to the school as a show of support.

    Here is the address:
    Sandy Hook Elementary School
    12 Dickenson Dr.
    Newtown, CT 06482

    God Bless

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