What happened in Nashville that didn’t happen in Uvalde?

Published March 30, 2023

WORLD Opinions

I sat in my office this week and watched the bodycam video of Nashville police raiding the Covenant School in search of the shooter. In no statement of hyperbole, it may be the most surreal (but very real) video I have ever seen. It was so jarring that I could barely concentrate enough to go into the classroom and teach just a few minutes later.

As one looks on in shock and horror at what we know happened—the slaughter of six people, including three children—a flood of emotions rolls on. I was awestruck at the sheer valor and heroism of the police officers who went in searching for the shooter with reckless abandon, risking their own safety. They had a job to do.

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EPPC Fellow Andrew T. Walker, Ph.D., researches and writes about the intersection of Christian ethics, public theology, and the moral principles that support civil society and sound government. A sought-after speaker and cultural commentator, Dr. Walker’s academic research interests and areas of expertise include natural law, human dignity, family stability, social conservatism, and church-state studies. The author or editor of more than ten books, he is passionate about helping Christians understand the moral demands of the gospel and their contributions to human flourishing and the common good. His most recent book, out in May 2021 from Brazos Press, is titled Liberty for All: Defending Everyone’s Religious Freedom in a Secular Age.

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