December 14, 2012 16 Comments
A gunman entered an elementary school in Newtown Connecticut and opened fire, killing at least 26 before shooting himself. It is alleged at this point that one kindergarten class didn’t make it out, presumably those children were killed. Allegedly the school principal was killed as well, presumably other teachers and staff were also killed. The school recently created new safety procedures and a new protocol, but those clearly didn’t work in the face of an evil man intent on inflicting evil upon these children. The killer is Ryan Lanza, not much is known about him at this point. It is alleged that his mother, who was killed at her home, may have been a teacher at the school.
The knee jerk reaction by the left is to blame guns, as though Lanza’s guns shot these kids and not Lanza. The issue isn’t firearms, the issue is the depravity of man. In 1927 Andrew Kehoe blew up an elementary school in Bath, Michigan killing 38 children and six adults while injuring 58. The Bath incident remains the largest school murder in American history. Yours truly grew up in the Lansing area, Bath never recovered from this incident. While the left tries to turn the Connecticut shooting into an argument about gun control, they ignore the real problem: mankind.
We like to pretend that we’re so very progressive and enlightened in modern America. But the fact is, we pretend sin doesn’t exist. We make excuses for various sins and we write others off as mental illness. Lanza is being treated like the Colorado movie theater shooter and the Gabby Giffords shooter: a sick man with a demented purpose. Even the world’s great mass murderers such as Hitler are written off as madmen who were mentally ill. But the fact is the difference between these people and us isn’t very much. We are all capable of this sort of evil, even if we have no interest in engaging in such conduct. How many otherwise normal appearing Germans were involved in horrendous murders during the Third Reich? The idea that mass murder or profound evil isn’t something that we can engage in or something that will not touch us is pure folly.
The answer to this isn’t gun control. If only one of those teachers had been in possession of a gun how many fewer children would have been killed? While we recognize that each of us is totally depraved, that doesn’t mean we are as evil as we could be. We need to be able to protect ourselves from others who might do us harm. The answer also doesn’t lie in more meaningless security protocols. For all the security this school put in place, it could not stop an evil man with an evil purpose. Only armed adults could have prevented this tragedy from being as bad as it was.
Tonight we all must pray for those people affected in Connecticut. There are parents of at least 18 children who are going to bed tonight without their son or daughter safely in their room. My oldest is 5 and in kindergarten, I can only imagine how awful the mourning will be for those parents. To say nothing of the other kids in the school and their parents, what an awful memory this will be for all of them. We must pray that despite this profound evil that has occurred that many would see how fleeting life is and come to Christ today.
UPDATE: The shooter may actually be Adam Lanza, who may be Ryan Lanza’s brother. Obviously in a situation like this information changes quickly as the police and media come up with new pieces of evidence.