Today our nation was shaken to it’s core with the horrific tragedy in Newtown Connecticut. As a parent it makes you want to hold your children even closer and cherish what you have.
A young man by the name of Adam, shot his mother in the face at her home with her own gun, and then traveled to Sandy Hook Elementary, school where she worked, with three of his mother’s legally purchased guns and shot up two classrooms. Sadly, the death toll is 28, 20 of those were children, mostly in the Kindergarten. He was only 20 years old with a history of mental illness when he committed the second worst school shooting in history and then took his own life.
These are very sad times for those of us in America, we were just shaken days ago by the shooting in the Oregon Mall, and before with the shootings at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin and the massacre at the Aurora, Co movie theater.
My heart aches tonight, not only for the parents of the murdered children and families of the teachers and staff, but also for the children who survived and their families. These children will forever be changed by this tragedy, this whole community will forever be changed. 10 days before Christmas as well, that has to be very tough.
Even though I personally know how it feels to lose your child, I cannot even begin to imagine how it feels for a parent to lose their beloved child in such a horrific manner. My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of the families affected, they are also with our nation as a whole. When will this stop? What is truly sad about the situation is the fact that when we turn on the TV and see these horrific stories unfold, many of us sit and think “Oh no, not again”. It is the again part that scares me, I hope that we never become so callous as to consider this just part of the news, we need to take action to protect our kids, because if anything, all of the school shootings since Columbine have shown us, it can happen anywhere…..