On December 14, I sat in a firehouse surrounded by large group of concerned parents all wanting to know where our missing children were. I didn't know any of them. I didn't know that I would form a bond with this group of strangers that would forever connect us through tragedy.
There will come a day, probably sooner rather than later, when events like "Guns Save Lives Day" will no longer be viable fundraisers, when changing demographics will result in an American public that is totally offended and alienated by such antics.
In the wake of Sandy Hook, the nation was confronted with the long overdue question of gun safety and individual liberty. But there is another long overdue question. Why are there no medals for teachers?
Sandy Hook Promise is bringing families to the table, and inviting everyone to take part in a nonpartisan conversation.
It wasn't a simple call-out. It had a special importance in that it came from Rabbi Andy Bachman of Brooklyn's Congregation Beth Elohim and it came during the Jewish festival of Sukkot.
Insurrectionist rhetoric might work well in marketing firearms to civilians on the far right wing of American politics. But with police chiefs and generals? Not so much.
I miss Em a lot lately. I miss everything about her sweet, beautiful face smiling up at me. There are days when my face, I am sure, looks a lot like Emilie's did the day we let her butterflies go.
How many families have to be devastated by the impact of this disease before we make mental illness a priority in this country? One in four is sick. If it were influenza, it would be an epidemic.
Terrorism is politically motivated, and most gun violence in our nation is not. But when it comes to the impact of the easy availability of guns, it is hard to argue against the premise that we are being terrorized.
Insurance should be required for manufacturers of guns that continues in effect until it is replaced by the next owner's insurance which also continues. If the chain is broken then the last insurer should be on the hook.
"There's a fine line between brave and stupid," said someone, somewhere. At first, I wasn't entirely certain on which side of said line we were standing on Monday, September 30th.
No doubt, these are high aims to shoot for. But I believe, with steady hands and hearts full of prayer, we can hit our target right between the eyes. And after all, isn't that what gun control is all about?
We were two in a group of only five students the first time we spoke with our representatives in Congress, asking them to support universal background checks for gun sales in the U.S. That visit last June coincided with the six-month anniversary of the shooting in our hometown -- Newtown, Conn.
We should not let ourselves become dulled by this horror because wisdom will carry the day in the end. We should pray for those wounded and killed and killed, knowing that the good fight for sensible gun legislation will continue.
I believe that in the interest of the greater good would be federal legislation mandating anyone with certain psychiatric diagnoses (Paranoid Schizophrenia, certain types of dementia, and other psychotic disorders) be entered into a federal database, prohibiting them from gun ownership.
This is not only about the Washington Navy Yard and Sandy Hook and Colorado and Virginia Tech, horrific events that make headlines; it is also about the over 300 people, including 50 children, that are shot every day in America.