For some Christians, the recent attacks in Buffalo, N.Y.; Uvalde, Texas; and elsewhere rekindle painful memories.
By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle
Fifteen years later, he still recalls the helplessness he felt — along with the hope that the southwestern Virginia community’s tragedy would bring real change.
“Part of me just felt like it was the mass shooting that would end mass shootings,” said Terrell, now a 37-year-old father of two. “I think I was just a lot more hopeful and optimistic then, and I just felt like that was just such a dark and grotesque shooting.”
But since then, other death counts have eclipsed that of the Virginia Tech massacre — then the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Just in recent weeks, a string of shootings has claimed the lives of 10 people at a grocery store in Buffalo, N.Y.; 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas; and — just one example of other attacks nationwide — two doctors, a receptionist and a clinic visitor at a medical office in Tulsa, Okla.
Like Terrell, Jessica Knapp keeps praying for an end to the senseless bloodshed.
Knapp was the part-time youth minister for the since-closed Mountain Avenue Church of Christ in Tucson, Ariz., when a gunman opened fire on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords outside a local supermarket in 2011.
This story appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle.