As a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, I have seen what rapid-fire assault weapons can do to the human body. It is devastating. From my experience I can see in my mind’s eye young, innocent children crushed under the searing tear of a weapon designed for the military and officers of the law. It is not a pleasant image.
We need leaders in Congress who will forget ideology and do what is right for the innocent dead and for the safety and well-being of present and future generations. Let us not overlook the words of the writer of Proverbs, “speak up for those who have no voice.”
We need leaders who have the fortitude to speak for the children of Newtown and the victims of other gun atrocities whose voices have been silenced forever. We need gun-safety provisions as will promote the common good. We need to hear the voice of the prophet Amos: “let justice roll down like mighty waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”
This is about the security of the public, the right of the people to a safe haven as they go about their daily activities. We are a nation with “In God We Trust” printed on our money. William Sloan Coffin in his book Credo points out that “to know God is to do justice.” That is what the children of Newtown cry out for — a cry that echoes through the halls of Congress: “to do justice.”
Rev. Canon George I. Chassey