Dark clouds encased the sky, wind thrashed about, and rain fell during a moment-of-silence memorial in Newtown, Conn. this Friday morning, December 21st. The weather acted as a mirror reflecting the turmoil of families affected by the killings. Officials scheduled the event to recognize victims of the massacre that began at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 14, when gunman Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook elementary and launched a shooting spree at the school, taking 26 lives, including 20 children, and then his own.
Tents and plastic were used to protect the stuffed animals, candles, notes and pictures that mourners have set up in the town. Flags in Newtown, Conn., which encompasses the village of Sandy Hook, are flying at half-staff. Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake released a statement:
We were devastated to hear the news about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, CT. This town has been rated as one of the top safe places to live. 26 people were murdered by a gunman, who was 24 years old and fired his guns more than 100 times; 20 children and 7 adults died.
Two of these incidents have happened on the average every 10 years since 1900 but since the beginning of 2000, there have been 26 of these mass killings. Something is wrong. We certainly need to pray for our world, and pray for our society. I support every effort, every movement to reduce the proliferation of firearms.
We pray that Congress will understand that although there are things such as human rights and rights to defend one self, something is wrong in our society. I strongly advocate universal background checks for all seeking to purchase a firearm, and an assault weapon’s ban to proclaim peace and safety.
Join us in prayer for the families whose Christmas collides with tragedy. In a blink of an eye anything can happen.