A gunman killed his father inside their home in Newtown, Connecticutt (about 60 miles northeast of New York City) today, then killed his mother (a teacher) and 20 of her young students (very young, ages 5 and 6,) according to news reports. The massacre took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. He took the lives of several other adults (again according to reports,) and the death toll is put at 27 dead, including 20 children and the gunman.
The horror of this massacre reminds those of us in the UK of the Dunblane (Scotland) massacre in 1996, when a gunman entered a school and killed 16 children (5 & 6 year olds) and their teacher, and then committed suicide.
What can we say about these unspeakable acts? They certainly reveal the total depravity of man and that the heart of man is “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked,” and that the devil is a real malevolent being and has taken many captive at his will to do his bidding, and he (the devil) was a murderer and a liar from the beginning.
We weep with and for the heartbroken families so cruelly bereaved of their children and other loved ones by a merciless killer today. May they know the comfort that only God can give in this, their night of weeping.