We can all agree that we all want a society where we don’t have to live in fear of armed gunmen terrorizing innocent people. The gap between where we are and where we want to be is immense.
It’s infinitely easier to arm ourselves to defend against the destructive, hopeless people who do these things than it is to commit to helping hopeless people who are on the path to becoming destructive.
It’s easier to encourage arming teachers than it is to reach out to people in our lives who are in need of connection and compassion long before they pick up a gun to hurt someone.
It feels like we’re doing something to talk about more guns or more gun laws. But we’re not doing anything to bridge the gap when we don’t address how our society ignores hopelessness, shame and mental illness.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV)