WHERE CAN the shooter’s family and friends turn for support?
I’ve been wondering this.
Shooters, bombers, and other mega-killers leave behind family and friends who loved them in spite of the sickness or perhaps the darkness within them.
If we’re a victim of the shooter, we can find comfort in the words of others once they learn that we lost a child in the shooting. Or a sister in the attack on the World Trade Center.
Who will comfort us when we say that our brother was the shooter?
If we tell someone that, what could we expect beyond an awkward stare framed within a motionless face?
It seems to me that the shooter’s loved ones deal with everything the victim’s loved ones do—and more. They have to live with the guilt by association.
Birds of birds of a feather.
These birds usually fly under the radar. Low profile. Hidden. Invisible if possible.
Pretty much alone.
Media cameras point to the family and friends of the shooter’s dead.
And perhaps it’s best that they not target the shooter’s family and friends. I’m not sure that many would sympathize much with them. Or with the family and friends of any convicted felons, for that matter.
But I think God does. And I think that we Christians should.
Perhaps these grieving souls need a hiding place for a time. A spiritual hospital of sorts. And a private room with access limited to only caring spirits.
“God is good, a hiding place in tough times. He recognizes and welcomes anyone looking for help,
No matter how desperate the trouble” (Nahum 1:7-8, The Message).