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.
The LORD did not hesitate to bring the disaster on us,
for the LORD our God is righteous in everything he does;
yet we have not obeyed.