Bad things happen and they make us sad. As Americans, it is important to empathize with others. This concept is an important one to teach to children. Today was a sad day, but also, it is a learning and teaching opportunity. Both parents and children all over this country are shaken by the tragedy in Connecticut. Our responsibility as fellow citizens is to grieve for and with those who suffered loss. Our responsibility is to help our young people learn to deal with their fear and grief, and allow themselves to feel for the tragedy of others.
I found myself shocked and stunned as the reports came in and the numbers of killed and injured grew. It just didn’t seem real or possible. What kind of world is this and what kind of society have we created where this is possible? Is someone out there going to defend our freedom and liberty ? Children need to feel and be safe at school! This is not optional!
I am heartsick for these children, adults and their families, and all others affected by this tragedy. I know bad things happen, and yes, sometimes to good people. But this is truly horrific. I can’t rationalize this fact with myself and understand why the lives of sweet innocent children should be taken for nothing. It is not in the cause of war or freedom. No one else was threatened. Someone was just crazy and had the access to firearms to act out a plan. These crazy plans seem to be epidemic recently. These children had their lives robbed, their opportunities limited. They will not grow up to be the world’s next great scientist, engineer or artist. Their parents will never see what they will become. I can’t imagine anything more devastating. As a parent, I relate. All parents relate. I can’t imagine any greater punishment than to lose a child through senseless violence. No war. No fighting for a cause. Just insanity. Why them and not me?
Take stock and thank whomever you thank for your good life and the health and well-being of your family. Have a quiet moment for the families of the victims. Then do something to make a difference. Write your congressman/woman. Write your local newspaper. Talk with friends. Use social media to make a change. We need to help those who need help and not help them get weapons which they will use on us.
The United States is a great country. We need attention to gun violence. The needless and senseless loss of precious life is out of proportion. These are the lives of people who are here and now, who have plans, futures and families. These are the lives of those who were yet to fulfill their potential. I am angry and looking for answers. Let’s find them.