Once again: A school shooting.
Once again: Tragedy stares us in the face.
Once again: We have the report of numerous fatalities and an even larger number of those who are wounded.
This time, it was a high school in Parkland Florida—and the questions come, the questions that are inevitable in the aftermath of this kind of headline, the questions that vex us, the most difficult of which seem to have no easy solution at all. We’re looking at a reality that is playing out over and over again.
Even as there is an immediate clamor to try to analyze, to explain and to prescribe, what we need to understand is that there are right now very real families, very real relatives, friends, peers, parents. There are very real patients who are wounded. There are very real human beings who are grieving in Parkland, Florida and beyond.
As hard as it may be to convince the larger world that this is true, the most important issue here is not headlines but human hearts.