Saturday, December 15, 2012
How will any parent send a child off to school on Monday without wondering if that child will return home at the end of the day?
Why does this keep happening? Did our Founding Fathers ever envision that a right to bear arms (for protection, not to make statements) would result in this?
Since yesterday, I've debated posting my feelings. This is a beauty blog, and there was little beauty in Newtown yesterday. Kindness and prayers, yes, Otherwise, just photos of terror on the faces of parents, family, friends, and fellow citizens. Just descriptions of the massacre in "small town America," running with justifiable sadness on every news station in the country. Just masses of law enforcement officers who descended on the school minutes after the shooting began, but too late to save 20 small children and their teachers from a young man who was sent by the devil to punish the innocent.
All the feelings and sadness that I felt after the Virginia Tech shooting (and Gabby Griffin, and Columbine, and more) have flooded back to me, and I sit and cry, knowing that this will happen again. We've done essentially nothing as a society to confront the root causes of this senseless violence. Yeah, we've started locking school doors and putting police offers in high schools. It's not enough.
My deepest sympathy - first and foremost - to the parents of the 20 children who were murdered and to the families of the principle, teachers, and other school employees who died trying to save them.
Photos courtesy of andersoncooper.com and cnn.com