How should we respond to the Arizona murders?

(CCU Student) A terrible thing happened in Tucson on Jan. 8. A crazed man shot and killed six people and injured fourteen, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D, Arizona) and a Federal Judge.

Most poignant, of the six murdered, is the story of Christina Taylor, a nine–year–old girl born on September 11th, 2001. Young Christina was featured in the book, Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9/11. By all accounts Christina was a passionate and bright spirit, embodying the hope and promise our country had turned to its youth to provide after those brutal attacks nine years ago.

This aspect of the tragedy that occurred in Tucson presents an interesting and important comparison. The madman of the Tucson shooting wielded a highly lethal handgun in perpetrating his evil endeavor—the terrorists on September 11th carried and used box cutters to slaughter over two thousand US subscribers of the liberty so feared by parts of the world.

There has been loaded rhetoric implying lax gun restrictions are to be blamed for this young man’s wickedness. Moving so quickly to this reactionary and political blame–game often holds ground only in emotional appeals, leaving collected thought and considerations far behind. The focus should be on grieving for the lost, comforting their families with prayer and seeking justice on behalf of the victims.

There are bad people in our world, who wish to disrupt the peace we work so hard to ensure. Our only way to combat these evil doers is not the futile attempt to abolish the tools that might be used by the ever–creative lunatic, but instead we should look out for each other, build up individual responsibility and most importantly seek our God’s love, will and justice.

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