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Greetings, Bearers..

Although I hadn’t planned on it, I had to weigh in concerning this terrible tragedy which happened today regarding a Connecticut School and a young man who was responsible for the deaths of over twenty people.  This is a sick and twisted thing that has happened, and my prayers definitely go out to these families of children and teachers who may have lost loved ones in this awful incident.  It’s impossible for me to imagine what they may be going through.

But I also want to speak more directly with regard to the man (possibly men) responsible for this outrageous attack.  I know that, when things like this happen, our first responses are saturated with emotion, and that’s understandable.  But in the process, let’s be sure to keep level heads about this as well.

I know that the blame game is already being started.  People are throwing out “Blame the guns!” or “Blame the killer’s homelife!” or “Blame the Mayan calendar!” (I’m not joking; apparently this fellow put something up about the world ending in two weeks).  People will throw blame everywhere except where it belongs: squarely on the shoulders of this man (and possibly the accomplice if reports are confirmed) who is responsible for what happened.

The accountability, the responsibility, and therefore the judgment, falls upon those who knowingly and willingly instigated this wretched and filthy act of violence against a school.  It falls on them for their actions, for their intentions, and for the devastation they left in their wake.  To even imply blame in any other way is to by default lessen the responsibility of the man/men responsible for this morning’s hideous actions.

Too many will use this as an opportunity for photo-ops, political stump speeches, social messages, or for spreading the blame around.  You, my readers, need to be above that; we need to be level-headed and cautious.  We need to act according to what is right, not according to how we may or may not feel.  And we need to act and think in accordance with the law justly applied.  Thinking in any other manner perverts justice.

That’s all I wanted to say on this.  May God have His hand upon you and yours, and I pray He has His hand upon those families in Connecticut today.

J. Dean

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