Preventing Future Tragedies



In December of 2012, after the tragic Sandy Hook shooting, where 26 students were gunned down in an elementary school, I said that the greatest tragedy of all would be if nothing changed in terms of gun control. So far, more time has passed, thousands of more individuals have died from gun violence and nothing really has changed in terms of who can put their hands on a deadly weapon.

The results earlier this week in the George Zimmerman trial left many people stunned and confused, and the many questions raised by the case continue to be discussed and debated in the public arena.

Here is President Obama’s statement:

The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher.But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son.  And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.

I think what President Obama said was spot on. The best way we can honor the memory of Trayvon Martin is to recommit ourselves to creating a more just world. A world built on peace and justice. May we all do our part to prevent future tragedies such as this. Please, God, we pray.

Peace friends,


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  • Marianne says:

    Thank you Fr Chuck. Well said.

  • The Rev. R. Scott Krejci says:

    Hi Chuck,
    It is all a terrible tragedy but what about Zimmerman whose life was threatened and who took a human life in self-defense? It had to be and will always be a horrific and life long nightmare for him. Violence is never the solution, but I can understand self-defense if the jury did indeed judge rightly based on the evidence presented.
    Blessings always, Scott

  • joan skiscim says:

    Thanks for forwarding Pres. Obama’s reflection on the death of Trayvon Martin Perhaps Pres. O. should make this a pojnt to such people as Reverend Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson who are both inciting to riot. Instead of calling for peace and acceptance they are saying we won’t forget this. Then comes the looting, burning and rioting which serves no one, not to mention the additional pain this causes the parents. Gun control is not the answer, it only takes one more freedom we have left. These freedoms are being eroded bit by bit. HOw about a bit of personal responsibility on everyone’s part. Joan

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