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Another school shooting calls us to pray for victims, families, survivors

Posted Monday, December 17, 2012, at 2:35 PM

There is no doubt this has been a turbulent and uncertain time in our nation since word of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., surfaced Friday morning.

Our nation is in shock and grief for the loss of so many precious souls -- young and older.

Don't try to figure out the "whys" behind what happened because you never will.

As President Obama so perfectly described at Sunday night's prayer vigil in Newtown, "There's only one thing we can be sure of, and that is the love that we have for our children, for our families, for each other. The warmth of a small child's embrace, that is true. The memories we have of them, the joy that they bring, the wonder we see through their eyes, that fierce and boundless love we feel for them, a love that takes us out of ourselves and binds us to something larger, we know that's what matters."

These youngsters and their brave teachers died far too soon in our mortal minds, but in God's view it was time to bring them home.

That's where our faith comes in and admittedly it's one of the things that I struggle to understand.

I'm reminded in Isaiah 55:9 that God's ways are higher than our ways and he sees things much differently than we do.

The scripture reads: "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."

One can never prepare for such a tragedy that produces deaths to innocent individuals who did no wrong.

They were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The reasons for this horrific event will probably never be known or why 20-year-old Adam Lanza would take such an evil, unexplained action and kill his mother as well as 26 people and himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Among the victims was this mentally troubled young man's own mother, who was the first to die, shot in the face while she laid in her own bed.

The gravity of this horrid crime is beyond comprehension, much like other mass school shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado, the University of Texas, Virginia Tech University, West Paducah, Ky., Pearl, Miss., Stamps, Ark. and Jonesboro, Ark.

Lives of victims and survivors have been forever touched, tarnished and blemished because of the actions that took place in a short span of less than 30 minutes.

We have heard clamor for more gun control, armed guards in our schools and increase security measures to protect our youngsters.

In this particular case, one of the weapons was a powerful assault rifle that was owned by the victim's mother, Nancy Lanza, who was a shooting enthusiast.

Possibly it's time to look at beefing up regulations to obtain these assault-type weapons, but anyone who wants one could probably still obtain one.

So, would stricter gun control have saved any of the victims in Friday's classroom massacre?

Life will never be the same for this community, which until Friday morning was a normal close-knit town, like those we have here in Greene County.

Let us remember and pray for the victims and their families.

They include students:

* Charlotte Bacon, age 6

* Daniel Barden, age 5

* Olivia Engel, age 6

* Josephine Gay, age 7

* Ana M. Marquez-Greene, age 6

* Dylan Hockley, age 6

* Madeleine F. Hsu, age 6

* Catherine V. Hubbard, age 6

* Chase Kowalski, age 7

* Jesse Lewis, age 6

* James Mattioli, age 6

* Grace McDonnell, age 7

* Emilie Parker, age 6

* Jack Pinto, age 6

* Noah Pozner, age 6

* Caroline Previdi, age 6

* Jessica Rekos, age 6

* Avielle Richman, age 6

* Benjamin Wheeler, age 6

* Allison N. Wyatt, age 6

The slain school faculty members include:

* Principal Victoria Soto

* Dawn Hocksprung

* Rachel Davino

* Anne Marie Murphy

* Lauren Russeau

* Mary Sherlach

Pray for the survivors of Friday's senseless, cowardly school shooting.

Pray that somehow some good can come of all of this.

Seek God; ask for his guidance and protection for our families and our communities and we carry on in our daily lives.

Turn to God and ask for peace during this tragic time. Hug your kids, grandchildren, your spouse, your parents and cherish every moment we have with each one of them.

Talk with your children about being safe in our schools.

In the big picture, our schools are very safe with qualified administrators and teachers, who are trained to react much the same way as the school personnel -- who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary -- did to protect their students.

Events like Friday's shooting are terrible, but rare. This is one of those senseless crimes that we will never understand.

All we can do is pray.

Nick is assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487 or by e-mail at schneider.nick@gmail.com. Follow Nick on Twitter @GCDWSchneider .

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I agree with elo8. Let's ban guns and make the criminals hand them over...

-- Posted by zenthias on Mon, Dec 31, 2012, at 6:30 AM

do your homework people, praying is an excuse to sit around and act like you make a difference. ban guns and the problem is solved. or you can create strict gun permit tests. including mental evaluation. at least that way it would cut down on gun crime. but please do not wait for an imaginary figure to help, it just won't happen.

-- Posted by el08 on Sun, Dec 30, 2012, at 11:43 PM

thunderoad, would we have to lock up our cars if Adam Lanza drove a car thru the school killing the students? What if he had stolen your car, should you be sent to jail for allowing this? Maybe hold Ford, GM and Dodge responsible? Cars are pretty easy to get, there are rules that govern the use of these cars, speed limits, where you drive, how you drive and you must have a license to operate them. I wonder if we compare the deaths from autos and guns which one kills more per year? I am not sure what the answer is but lets start with common sense and education.

-- Posted by camgilmore on Wed, Dec 19, 2012, at 11:37 AM

It's time to consider strict, punitive laws for gun owners who cannot secure weapons. I would favor jailing gun owners who have violent crimes committed with their weapons. Drunken driving was once a much worse problem then it is now. A group of concerned women spear headed a effort to jail offenders. Maybe Adam Lanz's mother might have secured her weapons more securely had she had this "sword of damocles" hanging over her head. Maybe with strick ownership laws 28 people would be alive.

-- Posted by thunderoad on Wed, Dec 19, 2012, at 9:57 AM

Mental health care in this country means prescription drugs, and not much else. Many of these drugs have disastrous side effects.

"The anti-psychotic drug, Fanapt, that was prescribed to Newtown killer Adam Lanza has the following side-effects listed on its label:

Psychiatric side effects including restlessness, aggression, and delusion have been reported frequently. Hostility, decreased libido, paranoia, anorgasmia, confusional state, mania, catatonia, mood swings, panic attack, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, delirium, polydipsia psychogenic, impulse-control disorder, and major depression have been reported infrequently.

These drugs are not the only ones that can cause the opposite of their desired effect. Several anti-depressant medications are also restricted to adults, for the depression they inspire in kids rather than eliminate

In fact, Fanapt was dropped by its first producer, picked up by another, initially rejected by the FDA, then later picked up and mass produced. The adverse side-effect is said to be "infrequent," but still it exists, and can't be ignored."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/adam-lanz...

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/adam-lanz...

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/adam-lanz...

-- Posted by Lil' Hahn on Wed, Dec 19, 2012, at 9:34 AM

You are right to ask for prayer and that these things are difficult to understand. Also difficult to understand is the unavailability of health care for most people who need help for mental illness for themselves or a family member. Insurance companies don't like to pay for it and few people can afford it on their own.

-- Posted by ellis1 on Tue, Dec 18, 2012, at 7:55 PM


Interesting Article.

1 in 4 adults at some point; suffer from Mental Illness.

per http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publicati...

God Bless the Victims families, the school survivors and First Responders involved.

-- Posted by Orion's Belt on Mon, Dec 17, 2012, at 3:04 PM

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