If you are reading this and you don't live in Chicago, then you may not have heard about the weekend violence.
Looking at the addresses, the violence is all over the city and the age range of the victims is from 16 years old to 50 years old. The 16 year old was sitting on his porch when he was shot and killed! The shootings kick off the beginning of summer which hasn't even officially started yet.
Some people blame guns, but my guess is that the shooters didn't have a FOID card and none of the guns involved in the shootings were purchased through legal channels. It doesn't appear that anyone was protecting their property or a loved one either.
Others would blame the lack of police protection or the indifference of the police. In the past when I've called the police, I have waited far too long for them to get there and then on other occasions, they have arrived literally in seconds.
So how does this happen? Why does a 16 year old get killed sitting on his own front porch? Mistaken identity? Gee, let's go out and shoot people! Gang initiation? There is no answer, because no answer justifies this insanity.
Last spring, the shots were close to home. A half a block from my house eleven shots rang out. One young man was killed, the other paralyzed for the rest of his life. The shooter was later caught. Why did he shoot the other two?
Apparently the two young men he shot drove passed him and made some remarks. They then pulled the car into the mini-mall. Because of those remarks, the shooter walked right up to the car and shot both men. Just like that. Because they said something he didn't like. It is insanity.
Last year, when it happened so close to our house, I prayed for the Precious Blood protection on our neighborhood. I also prayed to St. Michael the Archangel. It was peaceful the rest of the summer.
I don't understand the mindset of someone who shoots randomly at people or someone who shoots someone because they are offended by an offhanded remark. I realize we are a throw-away society, but this is taking it to the extreme.
I am a firm believer in the power of prayer, but I feel my faith being tested every summer by the continuing violence.
Please join me in praying for those that are willing to pick up a gun to kill someone for words spoken or for whatever reason, that their hearts may be changed and turned back to God, or at least a sense of decency.
As of now, it's the only thing I have to offer.