In Aurora, Colorado today 12 people were shot to death and 59 people were injured by gunshots. Hopefully the number will stay at 12 and the remaining injured will peacefully heal their wounds.
I was also hoping this would not be politicized. Obviously I asked for too much. Already one politician has used this opportunity to blame attacks on religious beliefs as a cause for the shooting, Brian Ross from ABC news incorrectly cited a Tea Party member as the shooter, and I have seen several Facebook conversations about gun control.
Already?! It's way too soon. This community is less than 20 miles from Columbine and the horrible tragedy that happened there, and now another massacre. These people need time to grieve; the community, the victims and the survivors.
If a person told you their child over-dosed on medications would you ask them why they didn't have the medications locked up? No, of course you wouldn't, because that would be unbelievably cruel. And that's how I feel about today. It's just not appropriate, not loving, and not humane to talk about a overly politicized topic like gun control. There hasn't even been any funerals and we are pointing fingers and getting all outraged. I'm guilty myself of wondering out loud why people had children, and even an infant at a midnight showing of a PG-13 movie. But my mother-in-law pointed out to me that it is summer break and people keep a vacation schedule. She's right and why is it my business anyways. I don't have the guts to ask those parents to their face why they had their kids out that late so what gives me the right to judge them out loud?
Just for today we need to grive, just for today we need to be grateful and just for today we need to love.