Seven years ago, the students and staff entered Sandy Hook elementary school as they would any school day. By the time the school day ended, 26 people, mostly six and seven-year-old students were dead.
If these children were alive today, these children would either be twelve or thirteen years old. They would be on the brink of teenage-hood and everything that comes with being a teenager. But they will never experience what it is like to be a teenager or anything else for that matter.
If I had a time machine, I would go back in time and try to stop the massacre of innocent life. But time machines do not exist. The only thing we can do is move forward and remember the lives who were taken far too soon.
We can also honor their memory by preventing another massacre of this ilk. Common sense gun laws and assistance for those with mental health issues are not a 100% foolproof to prevent another Sandy Hook. But they can go a long way in helping drastically cut down the number of young people who are killed in school.
May the memories of the 26 people killed that day and hundreds of others who died in mass shootings since them be a blessing. Z”l.
Today is the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. One year ago today, twenty children and the six adults who bravely attempted to protect their students were taken from us.
I have no personal connection to anyone connected to the shooting, but my heart bleeds just the same.
We need to make changes in this country. I am all for protecting the rights of my fellow citizens, as well as protecting the constitution, but our guns laws must change. How many times in the news have we seen stories about innocents being murdered? How many times must we bury our loved ones? How many children will be taken before their time before things change?
The murders, in addition to putting a large and glaring spotlight on the severely needed change in gun laws, also questions how we deal with those with mental health issues. Perhaps this tragedy might had been averted had he received the necessary medical treatments.
Hindsight is always 20/20. We can always ask, what if. What if we had done something different? What if this tragedy could have been prevented?
Unfortunately, there is no way to go back, undo what has been done. We can only remember them, of blessed memory and work to hopefully prevent another tragedy like Sandy Hook.
On a personal note, one of the teachers killed, Mary Joy Greene Sherlach, attended the same college as I did. It’s an honor to be an alumni of the same school. RIP.