There is something going on in America that is tragic and heartbreaking. Is it more tragic than Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown, Boston and West Texas? You be the judge.
A group moved by the tragic death of over 3,000 children in the U.S. placed 3,300 crosses, Stars of David, and Islamic symbols on the National Mall to honor victims of gun violence. The organizers said the number of markers was chosen to honor victims of gun violence who have died just since the mass shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
One pastor said, “The nation’s conscience was awakened by the mass shootings of children, but every day 86 people, eight of them children, will die, and all of these shootings need to awaken our conscience.”
Then they read the names of those who lost their lives, starting with the children at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Very moving and commendable. Thank you for the reminder of those sad, tragic events. Our prayers and heartfelt sympathy go out to those families.
But wait. The pastor said eight children die daily by gunshot. Terrible, but what about the thousands that die in another way?
A few years ago, there were 4,000 small, white crosses placed on the lawn on the west side of our church for a week. Line upon line, row upon row in military style. There were no names read. There were no speeches given. No, just row upon row of small white crosses, and each cross representing a small unborn baby.
Weep for Aurora; weep for Newtown; weep for Boston, but weep also for those babies and the mothers and fathers who will never see them. Not just 86 people a day, eight of them children, but thousands of babies a day, and millions since November 1973.
When will gun violence stop in America? I don’t have the answer. Do you? But when will the kind of violence stop that was apparently committed by the doctor now on trial in West Philadelphia?
I certainly don’t have the answer, but don’t you believe those precious little ones deserve an answer?
These words of the psalmist are for those precious children with no cross, Star of David or Islamic symbol to remember them. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:13-14.
Wayne S. Smith