- 5 years ago
- Wedding: November 2015
As you all know, earlier today there was a school shooting in Newtown, CT. I live about 20 minutes away from Newtown. People here are pretty much in complete shock. People are heartbroken and an entire community is devastated. 27 people, most of them children, in our state are just gone without warning. I don’t personally know any of them, but I’m close with people who did.The pain that they are feeling right now is unimaginable.
I know that there are important conversations that our nation needs to have in the coming days. I know that we need to find a way to try and stop these shootings from happening. I know that any debate about gun control is going to get really heated. And I know that these conversations have already started, even on this Forum.
I wish that these conversations could have waited until tomorrow morning to start. Today should have been a day to mourn and to wade through the shock everyone here felt after they heard the first news reports. Instead, we almost immediately had people bickering back and forth about gun control in America.
I know that we need to have an adult conversation about this topic, but its a little hard to care at the moment (and I feel horrible for saying that). I’ve felt numb since I first heard about the shooting this morning; and this was before there were any reports about people dying. Now, I just want to curl up in bed and cry for a little bit.
And not only should we have waited until tomorrow in order to mourn, but the conversation should have waited so we could learn more about what actually happened. Until we have the facts there is no way we can have a rational discussion about how to prevent an event like this from happening again.
Please remember that there are 20 children, some of them so young that they never learned to write their own names, who will never go home again. Please remember the teachers and school officials, some of whom gave their lives in order to protect their students. Please don’t forget the families of the lost and the communities that have been destroyed. Please take a moment to take a breath when things get heated and keep things civil; this nation owes it to the victims of this tragedy. If this shooting has taught me anything, it’s that life is too short and unpredictable to spend time name calling or be nasty to one another. What Newtown needs, more than anything, is for the nation to rally around them and give them the support they so desprately need right now.
I just want to reach out and thank all the people who have posted their well wishes to my state and to the community of Newtown. While I wasn’t directly impacted by this, it makes me feel better and restores my faith in the human race to see all the love that people have been sending to us.