20 and counting

Over 20 Chicago Public School students have been killed so far this year, most with handguns. (I believe two additional students have lost their lives since this story ran in last week’s Chicago Tribune.)

These stories blur together on the nightly news: the impromptu memorials of flowers, notes and stuffed animals; the police statements; the community marches and initiatives meant to curb gun violence; the weeping families. It is the cries of devastated family members that echo in my head long after the story ends and a commercial begins.

A short plea today from a suburban mom/grandma. Pray for the families who’ve lost a loved one: a child, a grandchild, a sibling, a cousin.

And pray for the kids carrying guns today – those kids with short fuses and no compelling reason to control their rage. Because the school year isn’t over yet.

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