The Tragedy in Sandy Hook

It’s hard to find the right words—or really any words—to describe what happened today. For what happened today at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut, was every parent’s worst nightmare, made real and flashed on the TV news. What I see is a school that’s virtually identical to my daughters’ idyllic little elementary school, and parents and kids who look like our friends. And words fail me as I think of my friends rushing toward the school, and a scenario where some walk out, teary-eyed and clutching their children close—and some don’t. What are the right words for that?

There will be much to talk about in the days and weeks to follow, as more information comes out about what occurred, and who was lost, and why this happened. As we begin to dissect our country’s deep failings: Our inability to pass gun laws that keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them; our lack of care for the mentally ill (for surely, a person who would plot and plan to attack children with an arsenal of assault weapons must be mentally ill); and our inability to keep even our youngest children safe from harm. And as we, hopefully, push for the changes we need to make to prevent another Columbine, another Virginia Tech, and now, another Sandy Hook.

Right now, these are the only words I can find: Our kids deserve a better world than this. And we need to work together to make it happen.

For information and resources on dealing with the tragedy, visit the following on Parents.com:

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  1. by butercup

    On December 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Gun control is not going to stop evil people from doing horrific acts of violence to our children. Look at China they have strict gun control and still children were killed. It doesn’t matter gun, knife, bat if a person has the will to kill they will find the means its tat simple. The problem here lies in the safety of our children. My kindergartener and 1st grader attend a school where the gates are locked during school hours. Perhaps all the schools across the country should do so too. Here’s the link to China in case you haven’t read:

    http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.latimes.com%2Fnews%2Fworld%2Fworldnow%2Fla-man-slashes-22-children-near-china-school-20121214%2C0%2C6383015.story&h=DAQE4Mb8x

  2. by Concerned Parent

    On December 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    While better gun control wouldn’t completely prevent these tragedies from happening, I have no doubt that making it harder to access guns and stopping the sale of automatic and semiautomatic weapons would dramatically lesson the number and severity of these horrific events. The article you reference buttercup is a perfect example of what stricter gun laws can accomplish. 22 children were injured, but none killed in this incident. We’re never going to be able to identify every person that might snap, but we can make sure when they do they don’t have access to weapons that can wipe out large numbers of innocent children and adults in the blink of an eye. Do any of us really think if the killer had a knife instead of a gun today we would be talking about close to thirty people dead? We need to wake up as a country and stop playing politics with such an important issue. There is a lot of ground between taking away every sane legal gun owners guns and allowing anyone, anytime access to military grade weaponry. Where’s the common sense and the compassion?

  3. by Concerned Parent

    On December 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    And buttercup the doors at this school were locked. Still feel like gun laws don’t need to change? I love my kid WAY more than I love guns. We need to get our country’s priorities straight.

  4. by concerned parent

    On December 14, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Gun Control is not the answer, all it will do is keep guns out of the hands of God Fearing citizens not the crazies. The guns used today belonged to the mother according to the new reports. Guns are not the problem here, we need to get to the ROOT of the problem not the method in which he choose to inact the crime.

  5. by Nimo

    On December 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    The more you allow the freedom of people’s owning guns, the more the freedom of innocent people will be restricted; locking school, more security in movie theaters, etc etc. The U.S. has to do something with gun-control. The statistic shows that there are more gun shootings in the U.S. than any other countries. Enough is enough.

  6. by Brooke

    On December 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Gun control may not fix all the tragedies but there is not another country in the world with the obscene amount of gun deaths even close to the number in the United States. So, how is it that all the other countries seem to have a handle on gun control? Yes, bad people will still always do horrific things, but we need to take action, have dialogue, and make efforts to be pro actively preventative against these types of events. Our schools, churches, parks, theaters and malls are in need of more security Now!

  7. by Concerned Parent

    On December 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Gun laws/control aren’t the answer? When people who want to harm others have access to legally purchase a firearm again and again, what else is the answer exactly? Or when guns are not locked away properly even by perfectly sane, law abiding citizens, what is the answer? Our communities are failing at preventing these tragedies, how many more must we endure before we stand up together and say this isn’t working for us and our children.

  8. by Virginiya

    On December 14, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    All you people that are still for the guns after this innocent children died are I gues no better. Don’t you have hearts, don’t you have children what if next time is someone that you love. As someone else said before isn’t you and your beloved ones and your children safety first priority then owning a gun. Why do you need guns, what is the purpose of having one. If you are not hunter, no policeman not military person you don’t need one. As also Dr. Phill said only because you have the write to have a gun it doesn’t mean you have to caries with you. We are most dangerous and savage creatures in this world not even the animals are as cruel as we are. People kill for no reason animals for food. Wake up people stop with the excuses enough is enough this doesn’t effect the people from USA only it effects everyone in the world. This were beautiful innocent children that will be never ever able to lough and run and have fun or experience all of the things that they supposed to. All you people that still for the guns make me sick in the stomach have a shame the whole world is watching and crying for the souls and wander what it will take for you to do something about it.

  9. by Kelli

    On December 15, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I think it is more the highly violent video games that teach our children that life is value-less. These video games teach that if you shoot the “bad guy” you receive “good guy” points. The gun-shooting video games teach our children that you take a life when things are not the way that you want them to be or when people hurt you. So let’s do both, gun control and a reality check on extremely violent video games.

  10. by NikkiB

    On December 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Of course there’s a much deeper problem than just the existence of guns. Just like smoking cigarettes isn’t just about smoking cigarettes. They are both large and complex problem which stem from the pervasive anger permeating our country, especially in boys, but we have to start somewhere. Less people smoke cigarettes today because of its restriction in public places, access to those under 18, and images in the media, but underneath it all, I believe people have stopped smoking cigarettes because they care more about their lives, their health, and the lives and health of our children. We have seen too many people die and suffer senselessly from cigarette smoking, a habit once perceived as cool and calming. But eliminating the access and positive images associated with cigarette smoking helped us all get to the underlying issue of self-destructive behavior. I believe the same is true of guns. If we take away easy access, positive images, and tolerance for guns, we will begin to uncover and heal the deep-seated anger our children face today.

  11. by RheaF

    On December 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    People are the root of this problem not the guns. Why don’t you look up statistics on how many responsible gun owners have killed? Or how many lives guns have SAVED? I mean seriously people taking away freedoms is one more step in the wrong direction, the only thing that gun control will do is render innocent people even more vulnerable than they are now. A man’s right to protect himself and his family is one of the rights this country was founded on, think people THINK. If you want to live somewhere where the government has control of everything you say and do, then move.

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