On Thursday, a Florida jury spared Nikolas Cruz, the gunman responsible for killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, from the death penalty due to his history of mental illness.
An 18-year-old high school student wearing body armor entered a Texas elementary school Tuesday and shot and killed 19 students and two adults in a horrific tragedy that is now the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Conn.
Every child and adult murdered yesterday was made in the image of God and loved unconditionally by him. Every victim is being mourned today by loved ones whose lives will never be the same. In response to such unfathomable loss and pain, President Biden was right to cite God’s promise: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). Near in the Hebrew means to be “imminent, as close as possible.”