June 11, 2022
Crucified on the Cross of a Gun
A Reflection from the Interpath Traditions
by Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.
Gun violence in the United States has become a significant health issue. Gun violence is now the number one cause of children’s death. Yet, our elected government leaders continue to find themselves at an impasse. One wonders what the problem might be in passing gun control laws. Congress and the Supreme Court have no problem restricting the voting rights of minorities. They have blessed corporations with personhood and threaten to oppose anything restricting their profits at the expense of public safety. However, guns and weapons of war continue to be protected under some insane interpretation of the Second Amendment.
Meanwhile, the Country keeps losing its citizens to senseless violence. The right to own a gun is not more important than the right to live. The killing must stop. Meaningful legislation restricting weapons of war and regulating firearms on the National level is long overdue. As President Biden said so well, “It’s about protecting our freedoms to go to school, to a grocery store, to a church, not being shot and killed.”
The Nation’s heart is broken. Gun violence is out of control. Yet, many of our elected officials seem to believe a gun is more precious than a person. They keep their silence as the children cry out in fear. They keep their distance as people cry out for justice. There are one hundred and twenty guns for every one hundred people in the United States. Yet, many of those charged with promoting the general welfare appear to be indifferent to the issue of gun violence. We remember the powerful words of Elie Wiesel, ” Indifference is the eptitome of evil. The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
Our people, especially the children, are being crucified on the cross of the gun. America is rapidly becoming a dangerous Nation. The indifference to meaningful and robust legislation has created a culture of death and fear. The time has come to take the children down from the cross of the gun. We must look upon the victims of gun violence and dedicate ourselves to the safety and well-being of our people.
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not hinder them.” We must bless the children we see every day. We must not harm the children with legislative indifference. We must not hinder them from growing up and becoming themselves. One child, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, responded, “Alive!”
Gratitude to you, Holy Community, for blessing the children you meet day by day. Thank you for giving them a chance to live. Blessings to you for advocating for the right of our children to live in peace. May the children bless you.
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