Such reflections are worthwhile for all of us.
On the other hand, emotional rhetoric from national, state and local political leaders about one disturbed individual's act which destroyed the lives and liberties of these 20 young innocents remind us that many of these leaders' ideology and policies devalue Creator-endowed life and liberty for millions of other innocents--those in the womb--for whom no tears are shed either by them or the special interest groups who elect them.
At the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC on February 3, 1994, Mother Teresa stated: And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?"
Indeed, if we cannot protect the life and liberty of these smallest versions of ourselves, even with their so-called "imperfections," then Mother Teresa's words take on significant meaning.
Nothing can diminish the pain and loss which has been inflicted upon this wonderful CT community.
Political leaders who may use that loss to lead a "national discussion," however, must not be allowed to limit the "discussion" to one focusing solely on inanimate weapons in the hands of a criminal, or deranged, portion of the society. Neither can it be used to emphasize only the so-called "progressive" political view.
The "discussion," to be worthy of the tragedy which prompts it, must also include a deeper discussion on the meaning and purpose of life at all its natural stages. Mother Teresa's words are worthy of consideration.
He was crazy. Once upon a time, this was considered demonic possession, because the strange thing about a crazy person is that they are entirely obsessed with themselves and their peculiar view of themselves in the universe.
I think we definitely need more moral instruction, since even people who are stark raving mad will sometimes respond to the moral guidelines around them (which we have lost), such as "killing is bad."
However, the churches (all of them, including the Catholic Church) are no longer giving ethical or moral instruction because they feel it might be intrusive and make some dysfunctional person feel bad. So even the loonies have no place to go.
Sane people don't commit these crimes: Paranoid schizophrenics do. Death demands an answer: the statists see an opportunity to deal a blow against liberty. We must do better and speak the truth: move the debate from guns to what to do about the deinstitutionalized mentally ill.
Are the children of Sandy Hook Elementary really any worse off than the 6-year-olds who 70 years ago in London, Coventry, Hamburg, Dresden, Berlin, Tokyo, Hiroshima, etc, saw their cities nearly-leveled by thousands of tons of high-explosive bombs and the fires of Hell itself?
That's easy: we've sown the wind and are now reaping the whirlwind.
Point 1. Evil exists, and seems part of the nature of Man.
Point 2. Crazy exists, too. Oh, I forgot, ‘crazy’ is unpredictable.
The Founders gave us the right to be at all times armed so that we could exercise our G*d given right to exercise free will. The unarmed are mere sheeple, and can not make a decision because they can’t enforce it or defend themselves against evil.