This morning in Newtown, CT, moms and dads poured cereal and tied shoes and kissed their kids goodbye as they left for school. Teachers and principals got their children bundled off for school and turned to the vocation that compelled them to work for a better world.
Nearly 20 of those children and educators won’t come home to tell stories about what was for lunch and what they learned in science. Places at the dinner table will never be filled again.
They won’t come home.
Don’t talk to me about the right to bear arms. It is obscene that reality in 1791 when the world was drastically different would eventuate in children and educators being slaughtered in their schools.
Do we need guns for self defense? Ask the man who shot to death two teenagers in Little Falls this past month. Ask the man who shot his own granddaughter, thinking she was an intruder this past week.
Ask the parents of the too-many children and youth slain by guns. Ask movie theatre patrons sprayed with bullets. Ask college students in a locked-down campus.
Ask your heart: for what purpose do we need the ability to project metal into the hearts and bodies of others?
Ask why are we not rending our clothes with grief and terror because when people mow down children they are mowing down the future and at a deep spiritual level it is clarion call: We are broken.
We are in need of communal repentence and accountability because these are our children. They are our children. Our future. Our hearts.
And some of them will not come home tonight.