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Where Do We Go From Newtown?

So, here we are.  Just a week or so away from Christmas.

A holiday built around the idea of peace on earth and goodwill toward men.

And yet, we, as a Nation, find our joyful holiday season ripped apart by yet another senseless, heartbreaking, devastating tragedy. 

27 people: 7 brave adults, and 20 precious children, gunned down in a Connecticut town that could be any town in America.

In a building, an institution, where we’ve always hoped our children would be safer than safe.

At this point, the names are all too familiar to us and for all the wrong reasons:  Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, Portland, and now Newtown Connecticut.

The simple truth is that the violence is quite literally everywhere and over the last few days we’ve all had to face this cold hard truth again.  Especially those of us who are parents.

Anyone who tells you that they know definitively, conclusively, absolutely beyond a shadow of a doubt what the solution is, isn’t being honest with you and isn’t being honest with themselves.

Eliminate violent video games- ban assault weapons- bring God back to our public institutions-make it harder for everyone to obtain firearms- reinstitute more severe corporal punishment- increase security at schools and shopping malls-the list goes on and on.

And after a tragedy like this the only sensible response is to say that any and every available reasonable suggestion should be worth serious discussion and consideration.  Because we simply CAN’T allow these senseless acts of violence and murder to continue.

But none of these ideas, individually or collectively are a magic wand that will fix everything that is wrong in one fell swoop.

What’s behind the seeming increase in violence in our society?

Or more directly: Where along the way did we lose touch with each other?

When did we forget that we must act as our brother’s keeper?

Why did we forget that our single greatest obligation is to love one another as we have been loved?

Because the truth of the matter is, it’s only through answering these questions that we as a society will get to a better place.

There are no words to express our sorrow to the families and the community affected by the tragedy in Newtown.

We can only hope that their healing will begin when the time is right.

But healing does not mean forgetting.

Not for Newtown.

And not for us.

Where do we go from here? 

I don’t know. 
But I hope it’s to a better place than where we’re at right now.

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12/17/2012 7:19AM
Where Do We Go From Newtown?
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12/17/2012 7:42AM
Something has to change
Every time this happens, it raises the bar for the next psycho, and they get to hone their tactics by studying these tragedies for the social loopholes that we never, ever close. The only thing I know for sure is that if we do nothing, it is guaranteed to get worse.
07/08/2013 5:12PM
Law Abiding.....
Law Abiding Citizens Do No Harm. Those who harm,hurt or kill are criminals. The criminals get their fire arms illegally. They do not buy a gun through proper channels. Virtually any thing can be used as a lethal pen,shoe,sock,pressure cooker, kitchen knife,BBQ fork, etc. Most Americans are Law Abiding Citizens, like me ! Why penalize us for the acts of a very small number of Americans ?
07/17/2013 1:46AM
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