The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue Dec 18, 2012, 02:40 PM EST
To the Editor:
A few days after Judge Richard Posner of Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issues the opinion that we have a constitutional right to bear loaded firearms in public, a lunatic in Connecticut kills 20 children and six educators in a quiet hamlet, much like Danville or Amo.
What was missing at Sandy Hook Elementary was a loaded weapon to combat the semi automatic fire of the lunatic. We have a right to bear loaded arms. With our children, the right becomes a duty, really.
For too long we have told our children being beaten they should not fight. Look at the ineptitude of our schools grappling with bullying. Same principle here.
On Dec. 14, 2102, in Newtown, Conn., at Sandy Hook Elementary, nearly 20 kindergarden children were randomly shot to death in their classroom. Due to the age of the victims, this will and should be considered an epic tragedy and will no doubt leave more questions than answers. There is, however, one topic that I would like to address which immediately surfaced on Fox News, "Why would a loving God let this happen and where is God in all of this?"
This is such a crucial question and my fear is that it will be answered without much thought or compassion or that the question itself will be asked rhetorically as evidence that there is no God or that He isn't as good and loving as you say He is. Many people will claim that this is God's judgement for taking Him out of schools or that He works in mysterious ways and we will never know.
Let me start off with a very important statement; God did not tell me why this happened, why He allowed it to happen and why He did not stop it from happening. Because of that, I cannot answer those questions for Him. I know people are going to throw out scriptures that say why God allows this to happen, however the scriptures do not mention this specific tragedy and why He allowed this one.
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