There are no words that havenâ€™t already been said in regards to the recent, horrific mass shootings in Buffalo, Laguna Beach, and Uvalde. So today, Iâ€™ll simply direct toward others whose words I have found helpful.
Diana Butler Bass shares a litany from [Episcopal] Bishops United Against Gun Violence and writes that, â€œThoughts and prayers can really mean something â€” if those thoughts and prayers reveal the extent of evil and break our hearts with the love and sorrow of God.â€
The American Academy of Pediatrics supports an assault weapons ban and also links to excellent research by Everytown [for Gun Safety], outlining policy changes desperately needed to address the public health danger that is gun violence. It can certainly feel like everything has been politicized; it has been. But there is also data to show how certain policy changes make a difference in saving lives. Learn what they are, and if you feel so led, advocate for them.
Rev. Devon Thomas, UCC pastor in Jeffersonville, Hyde Park, and Bakersfield published a commentary a few days ago about the â€œsocial wedge being driven through the heart of our country.â€ And yes, he writes, that goes for Vermont, too. Among our deepest spiritual temptations in times like these is to retreat in fear or despair. Rev. Thomas suggests that a focus on fixing shared problems, and a refusal to return hate with hate, will get us further down a path worth treading.
May it be so.