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How to react following school shooting

Published 12:03pm Saturday, December 22, 2012

By Teresa Moten, guest columnist

Wake up, world. Our babies are dead – gone – and lives have been shattered. Broken, destroyed at a time when we are to be joyous, celebrating Christmas and Christ’s birth, death and resurrection and enjoying family gatherings.

Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, neighbors, friends, communities are hurting and mourning over the snatching away of precious people who should be alive had it not been for a young man who, for some reason unknown, was so angry or depressed he killed his own mother, 20 children, six adult staff members and himself because of some demented or perverted reason.

Gun dealers, hunters, gun owners: Stop! Focus. Get a grip. It’s no time to use this moment to argue your case.

Grieve for these families. The word of God says that we should mourn when others mourn.

We need to rejoice that all the others were safe at school and are alive today. Rejoice with those families who must rejoice that their family member came through alive, yet so many will feel sorrow that others died.

Hunters: Hunt if you like, it’s your right! Be cautious and safe!

Gun dealers: Sell your guns! Beware of buyers and try to sell to citizens who will use guns and ammunition safely. Check I.D.

Parents with guns: Know safety rules and teach children about safety around guns. Keep children and guns separated. Lock up weapons that are useful to hunt game, protect family and perhaps keep you safe if mishap happens.

Children: Never pick up you parents’ gun or any gun in the house. Never use guns unless parents or adults are there to help you when hunting as sport or hobby.

Let’s not take time to argue about who’s right or who’s not.

Yes! Let’s change gun laws – look at ways to protect others when guns are involved. Let’s do the right thing! Change or pass new legislative laws.

But right now, let’s all pray for the children and adults and even the young murderer’s family members who are probably hurting also because of this horrific tragedy in Connecticut.

God heal our land! Bad, evil people will do bad, evil killings whether gun laws are in effect or not.

Good people – law abiding people – will do good deeds and follow the law whether gun laws are in effect or not.

II Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.

Twenty children – precious souls, babies just getting ready to begin their lives in Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School, were helplessly murdered, along with six adults who sacrificed their lives to shield children.

You debate: gun control – gun laws. Do you use guns? Do you not use guns? How many rounds of ammunition should one sell or buy?

No one really knows the answer. Let’s work together and live together peacefully and safely. Yes, we can.

Have a safe and joyous season! Enjoy family and friends.

Moten is a guest columnist for The Outlook.