God, whose praise the martyred Innocents on this day
confessed, not by speaking, but by dying: destroy in us
all the evils of sin that our life also may proclaim in
deeds Thy faith which our tongues profess. Through our
Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with
Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost . . . (Collect,
Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs)
I live ten miles from one of the most dreadful and
murderous school shootings in American history, which,
in those violent annals, is saying something. I write
these words just nine hours after yet another agent of
the Culture of Death senselessly slaughtered 26 of my
neighbors, including 20 children.
In an act so evil as to almost defy belief, the
NEWTOWN, Conn. — A man opened fire Friday inside two
classrooms at the Connecticut elementary school where
his mother worked as a teacher, killing 26 people,
including 20 children, as youngsters cowered in corners
and closets and trembled helplessly to the sound of
gunfire reverberating through the building. The killer,
armed with two handguns, committed suicide at the school
and another person was found dead at a second scene,
bringing the toll to 28, authorities said.
This tragedy is exceptionally horrifying, since those
murdered were mostly kindergarteners –
kindergarteners! Moreover, as I am sure will be the
case for many who live here in our community of Western
Connecticut, it is also personal – I know someone very
well whose little guy was among those slaughtered
today. I too am a father of a kindergartener. I weep
for him and his wife and all of the families of the
little slain innocents. The horrifying—no,
stupefying!—reaction in my head is just to keep
screaming no, no, no. Why would anyone – how could
anyone – do this to children hardly removed from their
My heart is so full of brokenness and sorrow I can
scarcely grasp what has happened. Such depravity!
As I drove home from work tonight, with a dull numbness
pervading, I dreaded the fact that the liberal
establishment would take this occasion to launch yet
another campaign against gun rights. Even in the
sickness I felt while processing this tragedy, complete
with all the remorse for the victims and their families,
I was angry at the thought that this too would be
While I own guns of my own, and believe any American
ought to have the right to bear arms, threats to the
Second Amendment is just not something that keeps me up
at night. As any child can see, the problem in this
country is not lawful gun ownership, and we should
indeed fear governments that monopolize coercive power
to such an extent that private gun ownership could well
That said, the rights of gun owners is still not at the
top of my list of concerns.
So, I am amazed at the speed at which The New York
Times posted an editorial capitalizing on the deaths
of children to lobby for yet another one of their
liberal causes: banning guns. The Gray Lady
Each slaughter of innocents seems to get more appalling.
A high school. A college campus. A movie theater. People
meeting their congresswoman. A shopping mall in Oregon,
just this Tuesday. Today, a kindergarten classroom....
The assault weapons ban enacted under President Clinton
was deficient and has expired. Mr. Obama talked about
the need for “common sense” gun control after the movie
theater slaughter in Aurora, Colo., and he hinted during
the campaign that he might support a new assault weapons
ban, presumably if someone else introduced it.... The
more that we hear about gun control and nothing happens,
the less we can believe it will ever come. Certainly, it
will not unless Mr. Obama and Congressional leaders show
the courage to make it happen.
This editorial was posted less than eight hours after
the shootings, almost as if it were canned, like
obituaries written in advance for elderly celebrities or
politicians. I was reminded of a lawyer handing out
business cards at the scene of fatal car crash.
It is not gun-control absolutism that infuriates me
about these predictable liberals. Rather it is the
realization that these sanctimonious censurers are
themselves at least partially to blame.
While one hesitates to even suggest it, maybe there are
too many guns… maybe. But what happened in Newtown
cannot be blamed on guns any more than what happened to
Julius Caesar can be blamed on knives. No, what is at
work here is of far greater consequence and has
everything to do with a systemic force of cultural
violence and immorality.
The editorial page of The New York Times has been
reliably at the forefront of nearly every wrong moral
turn our society has taken over the last fifty years.
Her wrong-headed moral sagacity has helped to hone and
create the very cultural conditions in which widespread
lawlessness and nihilism has now gripped our nations'
young people. She is the one at war with God.
She is the one that approvingly counsels free
sexual liaisons and homosexuality. She is the
one that applauds a revolting culture of abortion.
She is the one that lauds obscenity as artistic
expression. She is the one that posits a
relativistic worldview that we can say with absolute
certainty represents a complete inversion of right and
wrong. And far more than guns, what is important here
is the cultural malignancy that must necessarily be
festering at the heart of our society to allow such a
violent culture of death to exist in the first place.
What did The New York Times think, in exercising
her counter-magisterium, would come of her embrace of
secularism, atheism, nihilism? The generation of young
people coming of age have been fed a steady diet of
gratuitously violent and obscene imagery – in movies,
music, television, the internet, video games, etc. The
“arts” have become little more than a cesspool of
depravity. Young people have been raised in a culture
that rejects absolute truth, including objective right
and wrong. They have been taught that life, including
their own, lacks intrinsic value to such an extent that
killing babies in utero should be celebrated as a
liberating act of freewill.
Indeed, all their lives young people have been taught
that science has proven we are merely more developed
animals—devoid of conscience and thus moral
culpability. Here in this brave new world of ours
atheism is a right, death is a choice and God doesn’t
exist. So, again, what did they thing would happen!
Kids are not stupid; a culture of Godless nihilism
produces nihilists and anarchists so devoid of morality
as to be easily produce monsters like one which walked
into the kindergarten down the street and started
shooting holes in innocent kids.
Only time will tell perhaps why this twenty-year-old
shooter took the lives of his mother and these little
kids; but he lived in a society whose masters
relentlessly insist that life has no real value,
that babies can be killed at will, that old people can
be euthanized, and that even suicide itself is a basic
human right. They created this monster, and guns had
nothing to do with it!
So instead of tired and predictable liberal media
screeds, where leftist activists hypocritically lay the
blame somewhere else, shouldn’t they pick up a
mirror and gaze into it if they really want to find what
the problem is?
I’m not the only one shocked by what we’ve become; but
when do we admit that we ourselves are to blame for the
blood that now flows in the streets and in the
abortuaries and the kindergartens of our homeland.
Lord, comfort those who suffer grievously in this most
terrible moment. You who beckoned the children to come
unto You, welcome these little ones into your heavenly
abode. Give your children and your sons who still
remain among the living, the courage to proclaim that
which is right and to oppose what is so wrong, even as
we endeavor to serve You better and to do all in our
limited power to build up your Kingdom of Light even
down here in this world of darkness.
In this Valley of Tears,
Mother Most Pure, Pray for Us.