This morning in Newtown, Connecticut, 26 innocent people lost their lives.
20 of those people were young children. Elementary school kids.
In fact, this is the worst elementary school shooting in U.S. history…the second deadliest shooting after VA Tech.
It’s difficult for me to wrap my brain around how I feel about this…the adjectives I come up with seem so tame: Horrified. Stunned. Saddened. Heartbroken. Angered.
Why did this happen? Right now we don’t know. But that won’t stop the usual suspects from launching into their diatribes about the evils of guns and the need for more laws.
Some of the folks on my side of the argument are busy making the case that this is not about gun control, but rather about evil and that criminals do not obey gun laws.
I would like to take the opportunity to inject a pause into this back and forth.
This argument is an important one. And like other tragedies of this nature, it heralds a debate we as a nation need to have.
But not today. Not this day.
Let’s put the debate on hold today.
Instead, let’s focus on those who have lost loved ones. Family members. Friends.
Take a moment today to say a prayer for them as they mourn and grieve inconceivable losses.
Then take a moment to hug your own kids, if you have them. Let them know you love them.
Life is so precious; and it’s a shame that it sometimes takes this kind of tragic event where we witness life being so unnecessarily snuffed out to remind us all about what’s important. To put things into perspective.
Governor Palin had this to say about the shooting:
My heart goes out to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy in Connecticut today. Words can’t express the horror everyone feels in seeing such evil manifested against innocent children. Nothing could be worse than the murder of innocent children. Let’s all pray for the victims, their families, and the whole nation.
There will be time enough for the debates.
But let today be a day to mourn, to pray and to love.