By Carrol Wilson
For months after Sandy Hook I never had the courage to look at pictures of the victims. I knew that when I saw the pictures of those precious children I would face inconsolable grief. However, when innocently watching an episode of 60 Minutes which featured one family’s story of losing their beloved child, those emotions were no longer held at bay. As a mother and grandmother, I empathized with the parents’ story and their pain. I cried for many hours after the show for the senseless loss of the precious little ones.
At the same time, even though I could not bear to connect with the pictures, I supported then President Obama’s pleas and pushes for greater gun control. I wrote to my congress person over my concerns of gun violence and control. I signed petitions, as well as protested against the NRA and their lobbying groups.
Five years later, we wake to another group of beloved children dead because of senseless gun violence. I am sick and tired of waking up to these devastating reports.
The United States is a nation purportedly founded on Christian principles. One of which is the sanctity of life. On any given day, at the mention of the hot topic of abortion, one can find protests all over the country against “baby killers.” Yet, where is the outrage over the guns and gun owners who willfully kill children in school and other crowded arenas?
The dead were still a baby to someone. Where is the collective outrage over these deaths?
I submit that as member of the “beloved community” of Christ that we have all been responsible in their deaths. We have become complacent with the status quo because the shootings affect other parents living in other communities.
We are also indictable for not pushing for stronger policies and laws associated with guns. We cannot continue to place the blame solely on the NRA or their lobbyists. It is time for us to join together and figure out a way to stop the deaths. If not, we will still continue to wake to these distressing stories. We will continue to carry their blood on our hands.
As we hold the community of Parkland Florida in our prayers, we pray that complacency falls away and is replaced with urgency to move toward a better way.
Carrol Wilson serves as the CBF Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Assistant.