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The AR15 and the Christian School
“The Colt AR-15 is a lightweight, 5.56×45mm, magazine-fed, gas-operated semi-automatic rifle. It was designed to be manufactured with the extensive use of aluminum alloys and synthetic materials. It is a semi-automatic version of the United States military M16 rifle” (Wikipedia).
It killed 17 students on February 14th 2017.
This is not a blog about the 2nd Amendment.
This is an elegy for Sandy Hook, for Columbine, for Marshall County, for Salvador Castro, for Marjory Stoneman Douglas, for every place where children and parents are mourning the loss of school friends, sons, daughters.
“We’re lessening the threshold of how crazy someone needs to be to commit a mass shooting,” Austin Eubanks (child at Columbine)
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy Hebrews 12:14
“We need to pay attention to the fact that this isn’t just a mental health issue,” said Emma Gonzalez, teenager. “He wouldn’t have harmed that many students with a knife.”
Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by injustice! Habakkuk 12:2
“I recorded those videos because I didn’t know if I was going to survive,” Hogg, a student journalist, told the New York Times. “But I knew that if those videos survived, they would echo on and tell the story. And that story would be one that would change things, I hoped. And that would be my legacy.”
If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Matthew 18:6
“It could’ve been us.” and “Your silence is killing us.” said student placards at South Broward High School.
You have wearied the Lord with your words. “How have we wearied him?” you ask. By saying, “All who do evil are good in the eyes of the Lord, and he is pleased with them” or “Where is the God of justice?” Malachi 2:17
“We don’t deserve this,” she said. “We need to be safe. There’s nowhere to be safe. … We can’t even go to school,” said Ianna Seemungal, 17.
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers. Psalm 1:1
“I was hiding in a closet for 2 hours,” Carly Novell, 17, said. “It was about guns. You weren’t there, you don’t know how it felt. Guns give these disgusting people the ability to kill other human beings. This IS about guns and this is about all the people who had their life abruptly ended because of guns.”
1 Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.
2 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
3 My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long?
4 Turn, Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.
5 Among the dead no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from the grave? Psalm : 1-5
“How are we allowed to buy guns at the age of 18 or 19? That’s something we shouldn’t be able to do,” Lyliah Skinner who survived the latest shooting.
See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:10
“We’re children,” David Hogg, a 17-year-old survivor, said. “You guys are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role. Work together. Come over your politics and get something done.”
But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Mark 8:33