Another school shooting, this one in Ohio near Cleveland, has left three students dead and four others injured, some seriously. We hear the usual after these things. More gun control laws, stories about bullying, the kid shooter had no friends, etc., etc. Nothing changes.
There is a disrespect for human life that is frightening. Babies are killed in the womb. There is pressure to eliminate the elderly, the infirm, those with mental and physical handicaps, assisted suicide and much more. Where are the life-affirmers? Where are those who would speak of this life as a joy and privilege, something created by God which, even in a world that is fallen, has meaning and purpose?
How de-sensitized to the value of life do you have to be to come into the school cafeteria at 7:30 in the morning and start shooting other teenagers? The police say he had warnings on his Facebook and Twitter pages, but the law doesn't allow for intervention when no crime has been committed. I guess we are going to need metal detectors at every school now, but it would be better if character and a knowledge of God's love were built into kids. If they were, we might see fewer horrors like the incident near Cleveland.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: February 28, 2012