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The Shooting

I was going to write an article about the Sandy Hook School Shooting and guns and all the rest of it, but really, why bother? A crazy person committed an unspeakable act of horror on 20 innocent children and six equally innocent adults. We have since gone through the usual ritualistic dance, debating gun control, the role/prominence of guns in society, our failing mental health system, and all the rest of it. And the media sinks to their lowest level yet again, acting as despicable vultures circling the still warm corpses, jamming their microphones in the faces of people who are going through the hell of losing a child. As always, I can never understand why the media always tries to make sense of senseless violence.

The victims and their families need to be given the space, privacy, and dignity that they deserve in times like these. We should let them know that our thoughts and prayers are with them, and we should then shut up. There will be plenty of time for pontificating, preaching, debating, and soul searching later. For now we merely need to grieve and console.

Life goes on. It has its moments of horror and seemingly bottomless pits of despair, but we always eventually pick ourselves up and keep going. I am not going to say anything more about what has happened, for now. Instead, I will leave it at this:

“I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming…I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost.”-Abraham Lincoln

-SL

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