The children who were shot.
“I just want to see my friends. Being in school makes me happy. I feel safe when I’m with my teacher.”

The child who shot them.
“I’m only 18 years old, and I’ve got a killer gun. I’m really angry, and I’m going to take it out on these little kids.”

The “children” in police uniforms.
“I know we had the training, but this feels like the real thing. You expect me to go in there? Someone, help!”

The “children” who made guns so available.
“Don’t take away our civil rights; the right of anyone to own military weapons. These are some of my favorite toys.”

The “children” who are political leaders.
“OK, we’ll consider a few minor changes in the law, but in the end, you’ll have to settle for our ‘Thoughts and Prayers.'”

The “children” who are religious leaders.
“Our Nation is under God’s judgment, and this shooting is part of it. There is no help from heaven.” *

What must Jesus think? The Jesus who said:
“Let the children come to me, for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” (Luke 18:16-17)

He took a little child and put it among them, and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” (Mark 9:36-37)

“If any of you cause one of these little ones who believe in me to fall, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea. So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost. (Matthew 18:6, 14)

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Long-time member of the ABC family Emy Reitz reacts to the Uvalde shootings:

“Just want to share with my ABC family a poem I wrote after the Parkland, FL shooting in 2018. Now we have another massacre in Uvalde, TX. Not much has changed. Gun violence in a cycle, it goes on and on (just like the repetition, the last word of each line is the same as the first word of the next line in this poem). This cycle needs to be broken with positive action from all of us (lawmakers and regular citizens).”

Saving Innocent Lives

Human lives are shattered by guns.
Guns are powerful,
Powerful when used to kill,
Kill innocent children.
Children are fearful of death,
Death caused by violence.
Violence is everywhere,
Everywhere is not safe.
Safe means being protected to live,
Live NOT with guns, but without!
Without them, lives can be saved,
Saved to be more significant.
Significant to make changes,
Changes to be safe everyday.
Everyday matters; life is more precious,
More precious than guns!
Guns of any kind should never be fired.
Fired by just anyone; anyplace.
Anyplace, where they can end innocent human lives.

— Pastor George Van Alstine

* Pastor John MacArthur, Grace Community Church sermon the Sunday: following the Uvalde shooting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2_O3WzUk7I