Time For Action

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP

The hot pink shoe laces caught my eye.  As I looked more closely, I could see the laces belonged to a pair of tennis shoes surrounded by many different pairs of shoes and placed in the lawn in front of the capital building.  What was this, I wondered?  It was one of 7,000 pairs of children’s shoes representing the children killed by gun violence since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. The global advocacy group Avaaz organized the displayed called “Monument for our Children” in front of the U.S. Capital to “bring Congress face to face with the heartbreak of gun violence.”  There is no doubt that it tells a powerful story.

The immediate reaction to a horrendous shooting is to offer thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. Comfort fills an immediate need for these families who have lost a child much too young to be gone.  Sadly, prayer and words of sorrow have become hollow especially when said by our congressmen or senators because they have failed to make any substantive changes to gun laws that would prevent these types of shooting from happening again.

The silent shoe demonstration took place in the early hours the day before the student walkout all around the country. This walk out by thousands of students lasted 17 minutes for the 17 students and staff killed in Parkland, Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Students held signs saying #enough is enough,  protect children not guns, and how many more? For them, prayers are no longer enough. Now we need action.

Let us to put continual pressure on our representatives to stand up to the NRA and pass common sense gun safety laws that will make a difference.  Every one of us can take some kind of action. Write a letter, make a call, march in the #Marchforourlives event this Saturday, March 24th.   I fear that we will again be praying for victims and families of gun violence in our schools if we fail to act on this issue while we can.

Posted in News, Peace & Justice Blog

7 responses to “Time For Action

  1. Thank you Sisters for being with our youth in this struggle against easy murder. I too went on a March in Amarillo and sent you a photo. May God be with us.

  2. Thank you, Barbara, for your sharing and the picture in this post. I didn’t know about the “Monument for our Children”.

  3. Thank you Barbara for bringing this to our attention. It is powerful just to see the photo with all the shoes. God bless you.

  4. What a powerful message these shoes are! Maybe, just maybe THIS time something will happen. Several of us here at St. Catherine will be participating in a march this Saturday, and I know many of us elsewhere will also. Thanks for this, Barb.

  5. Barb, I too was heartsick when I saw the photos of this display. The block to common sense gun control laws is the NRA. How do we encourage wellmeaning people to give up their membership in the NRA and help voters to recognize a high rating by the NRA as a reason NOT to vote for a candidate in November? As pro-life people we need to vote our consciences and stop supporting those who allow weapons of killing into the wrong hands.

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