On the fourth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, I am reblogging two pieces. The first is a piece I wrote several days after the killings, as our heads were still trying to come to terms with the horror. The 2nd piece can be found here: https://talesfromthemotherland.me/2012/12/15/our-hearts-are-broken-today/ It is the piece I wrote immediately following the news of the shooting. I had very few readers back then, so only a few of you have seen these before. I feel that they both stand true today, four years later. I can only send thoughts of healing to the families and loved ones of those who lost someone on that terrible day.
A walk that no child should have to make.
Today our President, Barack Obama, uttered those words, and anyone who was listening, anyone who saw the leader of our country struck silent for a moment, tearful, was touched. The news, that 27 people—20 of them very young children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, waiting for the start of their holiday break, were murdered by a lone gunman, was just too unbearable to process. Collectively, we are indeed grieving after an utterly horrible event.
When I heard the news this morning, I was getting ready to run errands for a Hanukkah party that I was having tonight. I was going to pick up my son’s gift; I was meeting a friend for lunch; I had things to do. I was putting together another post for today, but saw a social media update, and turned on…
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Our hearts are still broken in Australia. We weep for every parent that has ever had to suffer the tragic, deliberate death of their child, for all their friends and relatives and community members who fear that the next mass killing will be targeted at them.
We do not understand why these things happen over and over again in the USA and nothing gets done to restrict access to firearms. It truly does break our hearts.
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I am 100% with you on that! It is disgusting and so infuriating! I quote Australia all the time–– you guys got the gun issue right! Thanks for your thoughtful words; I wish more people embraced them! xo
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