Once again, The Rev Barbara Cawthorne Crafton succinctly puts the hammer to the nail as she reflects heavily on the disaster and death at Virginia Tech yesterday morning. Her ability to put thoughts into words is, hands down, better than I could ever do. Here is part of her reflection...
WORST CASE SCENARIO
Well, when would be the best time to commit a crime? Wouldn't it be right after another one had been committed in another place nearby, when everyone's attention was focussed on the first one? Such a plan makes enough terrible sense that even a person whose mind is diseased enough to do such things could follow the logic. And, as we know today, it worked -- just well enough, for a shooter who doesn't mind dying himself -- at Virginia Tech's Norris Hall.
So there will be an investigation of police procedures at Virginia Tech. And of emergency communications policy. And the endless American argument about gun control, a discussion so puzzling to people from other parts of the world. When something this large and this crazy happens, people want to find something concrete to fix, so that it will never happen again.
But "never" is a long time. There is only so much protection we can give ourselves against insanity.
Read the rest here.
Keep watch dear Lord with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.
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