Last night a gunman opened fire at a library on the campus of Florida State University, wounding three, before being killed by police. Isn’t it time we finally had a serious conversation about gun violence in this country hahah. Just kidding, that will never happen. But in the meantime, let’s share uplifting anecdotes to soothe ourselves back into a sense of calm
Here’s one from a student named Jason Derfuss, who writes on Facebook that he was targeted by the shooter, but ultimately spared when the books in his bag stopped the bullet:
Earlier tonight there was a shooting at FSU, right as I was leaving Strozier. I didn’t know this at the time, but the Shooter targeted me first. The shot I heard behind me I did not feel, nor did it hit me at all. He was about 5 feet from me, but he hit my books. Books one minute earlier I had checked out of the library, books that should not have stopped the bullet. But they did. I learned this about 3 hours after it happened, I never thought to check my bag. I assumed I wasn’t a target, I assumed I was fine. The truth is I was almost killed tonight and God intervened. I know conceptually He can do all things, but to physically witness the impossible and to be surrounded by such grace is indescribable. To God be the glory, forever and ever, Amen.
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Derfuss, who credits his being saved to the intervention of God was, ironically, saved by a book in a series called Great Medieval Thinkers.