Adults escort young children through a parking lot after reports of a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (Photo credit: Newtown Bee/Shannon Hicks)

News reports coming out of Newport, CT about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School have been horrifying.

  • Twenty-seven people have been confirmed dead with 20 being children.
  • Three additional people where injured and taken to the hospital whose conditions are unknown.
  • The shooter who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound may be the son of a teacher, Nancy Lanza, who was killed today.

Some thoughts.

President Barack Obama’s initial response was moving and you could see he was fighting back emotion.  His words were comforting, he was ambiguous about what he plans to do to prevent such violence.  That statement is of concern, but I want to put that on the backburner.  Today I want to commend him for his thoughtful words.  Today is not a day to talk about or debate policy.  It is not an event to use for political gain.  So I’m not heading down that road.

Our proper response, especially those of us who know Christ, is to pray.

  1. Pray for the families of the children and teachers (and other adults) who were killed today.  As a parent I can not even fathom what it would be like to lose a child in any circumstance let alone losing a child in such a senseless act.
  2. Pray for the family of the shooter.  I can’t even imagine the stigma that will be attached to them – wrongly since they had nothing to do with the shooter’s behavior.
  3. Pray for those who are wounded, pray that God would bring healing.  Pray that God would guide the hands of the doctors and medical professionals as they treat those in their care.
  4. Pray for the first responders, it must be emotionally traumatic for EMTs and police officers to have to deal with situations such as that.  Pray for their emotional strength and healing.
  5. Pray for the kids who survived who should never have had to witness anything like that.  Pray that God would protect their minds and hearts and they process what is unthinkable.
  6. Pray for counselors and clergy who will bring comfort to those who are hurting after this.
  7. Pray for the community at large.
  8. We should mourn with those who mourn.

Those of who can and have the ability to serve and to donate to help meet needs present in the community in the days ahead.

Then we can talk about policy, but not today.

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  1. Put it in perspective…27 dead pales in comparison to the 4000 murdered in the womb each day.

    1. That’s not the same thing, and disgusting that you would trivialize the lives of 27 people like that.

  2. are you serious boyd, you gotta be the dumbest @^#$#% in the world to compare the taking of lives with taking of lives. Those women make that choice,

    Did these parents make that choice????????

  3. Dobby,

    Every life, whether in the womb or out of the womb, is of equal value created by God in God’s image so I apologize if you felt that I was trivializing those murdered in Newtown CT. I just think that everyone, who is not truly pro life (meaning no exceptions: rape, incest, etc.) and are asking “Why, why, why”, are actually the ones trivializing the 4000/day murdered in the womb. Both acts are/were equally heinous, but the sheer magnitude of those murdered in the womb in the last nearly 40 years is truly a blot on our society. I submit that, in part, the event in Newtown is the effect or out working of a nation that callously aborts 4000 human beings each day. If everyone valued life as we were meant to value it by our Creator and repent of our culture of violence (including violent video games, movies, television shows, etc), we would not see events such as what happened in Newtown.

    I guess I don’t understand your meaning when you said “compare the taking of lives with taking of lives” so maybe I am the “dumbest @^#$#% in the world”. Please refer to my response to Dobby above and you will see that I consider everyone’s life to be of equal value…including yours. And, who gave women that choice?…not God, that’s for certain

    My wife and I are praying for the survivors and especially for our nation that God would be pleased give us all hearts of flesh and take away the stony heart.

  4. President Obama crafted a touching response. As heartfelt as many may find it, I remain skeptical. President Obama did not have to respond the social or policy issues likely to dovetail from this tragedy. Many seething anti-gun liberals were chomping at the bit to get their voices heard. Irony is when people who want to ban guns very publicly call for members of the NRA to shoot their own children.

    Likewise across America, people of this nations bowed their heads in silent reflective prayer…for the families, the children and those who lost loved ones in this senseless tragic event.

  5. What Adam Lanza did at Sandy Hook Elementary School is sad ,very very sad but all the gun control in the would not have stopped Lanza from killing those kids if that’s what he wanted to do. Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people at Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City without the use on a single gun. Al-Qaeda terrorists high jacked 4 airliners and killed nearly 3,000 people in the Twin Towers in New York City without the use of a single gun. They used carpet knives to hijack the planes. Stopping another 911 wan’t stopped by banning the use of carpet knifes? Gun Control has its own merits but stopping people like Lanza will only turn him into a suicide bomber or something else just as bad. You have to keep his kind out of the schools. Once he gets in a school there is almost nothing you can do.

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