Friday, April 03, 2009

Give up your gun?

I was going to write a post today about hope and new things.

About this sample I'm weaving for a larger project:



About the joy of my children as they played outside this evening:



About the buds on the trees, pregnant with springtime promises:



But instead, my heart is heavy. In my hometown back in upstate New York, there was a horrible shooting/hostage situation today. It happened at a building I've been inside of. It happened at a place any of my brothers, sisters, parents, in-laws could have been at. (Indeed, my father-in-law was at work just down the street at the time.)

Thirteen people are dead, including the gunman. More are wounded.

I know that I am asking to be cut all to pieces in the comments when I say this, but I must: if more responsible people were carrying guns, the shooter would have been neutralized. It's not fair for one person to have all of the power. More gun control only leads to responsible, law-abiding people not owning guns. People who mean harm with them will still acquire them by getting around the law. This has always been the case.

I grieve with the families of those who were lost, and I ache for the wounded. My prayers and my heart are in Binghamton, New York tonight.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've been thinking about your family ever since I heard about this. I hope everyone is ok.

Amanda

Anonymous said...

WOW you heard the news already over in Germany man that was a fast one!!! I too grieve for the families and it really break my heart when I hear shooting at anywhere. All we can do is pray, pray, pray for the families who lost their lost ones. I pray for your families as well as your husband and his team for protection.

In His Peace always,

Kathy :o)

Gar said...

Amen Faith, to get a cliche in here.... when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.

a.susie said...

Kudos for having the guts to say that.
The front of the post was still beautiful, in spite of the sad circumstances we are all dealing with today.
Oh, and by the way, is that my sample???!! Oh my goodness! It looks gorgeous! I can't wait!!!

The Kansas City Hoovers said...

I'm with you sister!

Mom2Zoey said...

We are with yah!

Anonymous said...

One of the ladies killed in the shooting was my parents neighbor, Bobby King. Sweetest lady ever. She was an older woman with many children and grandchildren. I remember one night she called and needed help getting a bat out of her house. Me, Gabe and my dad when over. She was so sweet. She collected dolls. There were literally thousands of dolls in her house. It was amazing. My heart goes out to her family and to all those that lost a loved one.
~Eve