December 14, 2012 It was the day a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and killed 20 young school children and six teachers. As I later read the detailed accounts of that morning’s nightmare, I felt so deeply pained and emotionally shocked as a human being and as a mother. As a human being I wept at the loss of innocent young lives and at what must be the indescribable pain of the families who had lost their precious loved ones forever. As a mother I felt terrified. Isn’t this my most basic duty as a mother, to protect my children? Is there really nothing that I can do to prevent my children and all children from, God forbid, falling victim to such a sick gunman? I felt numb for days at the thought of that morning at Sandy Hook.
June 17, 2015 It was the day a gunman entered Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina and killed 9 worshippers. As I now read the accounts of that evening’s nightmare, I feel so deeply pained and emotionally shocked as a human being and as a mother. I weep and I’m terrified. What is the answer to my questions? What can I do? How can I protect my children? Could it possibly be that if those two gunmen would have known that the ONE Who Loves Us The Most Of All also loved them, that things would have been different? Could it possibly be that If those two gunmen would have known how much the ONE Who Loves Us The Most Of All, loved their innocent victims that things would have been different? I’m not a philosopher and I’m not a prophet, but as a mother with a mother’s heart, my heart tells me that things would have been different in the lives of 20 beautiful school children, six heroic teachers and the lives of
Depayne Middleton Doctor
and Myra Thompson.