Praying for solutions: Three Tennessee cities endure another day of gun violence

Praying for solutions: Three Tennessee cities endure another day of gun violence

We pray. We lockdown nearby schools and businesses. We provide counseling services to anyone who feels upset. We argue, point fingers, make clever signs. We enact legislation making it easier to have guns. We blame the mental health of the shooters. We change the channel, decrying that it’s all politics. We hate the other side. We pray. We hold candlelight vigils for victims. They all lit up a room. They were all too young, or too vital. We praise the bravery of police officers. We search the shooters’ background for the flaw that separates them from us. We tweet about our shock and the horror of these times. We pray. We wish everyone had a gun so everyone would be sufficiently afraid to use a gun, or we wish nobody had a gun. We pledge to band together to protect our rights or protect our children or protect our schools or protect our police. Five people were shot to death in about a 12-hour span April 12 in three cities — Nashville, Lebanon and Knoxville — connected by Interstate 40, the main artery of Tennessee. Four other people were shot yesterday, but did not die. Monday night it was easy to confuse which shooting someone was talking about. Was that the one in Lebanon? The one in Knoxville? Wait, the one down the street? We tell ourselves this is not who were are. But this is who were are. We categorize the specifics of the violence, which spreads out […]

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