Another school shooting, another senseless tragedy....to quote Peter Seeger who asked in his 1950s song, Where have all the Flowers Gone?– "When will they ever learn?"
The flowers that have now gone in this latest carnage are not soldiers lost in war. They are the flowers of childhood, children whose lives have been wasted, given up to the God of the gun lovers. The mourners are not young women who have lost lovers. They are parents who thought their children were safe in school, who should have been safe.
The innocence of childhood has gone from the lives of the children who witnessed this outcome of everyone's right to bear arms.
In eight days the people who defend their right to bear arms will attend their churches to celebrate Christ 's birth and pray for peace that will never come in a society with an enemy within. God's own country? Perhaps God has left the building.