It's Christmas time in Newtown CT, but on the morning of my visit there is no joy in the air. There is only heartbreak. My husband and I built our idyllic country home just a few miles from this rustic New England town.
Doesn't the issue of gun control require a consideration of what is right rather than merely our constitutional right to bear arms? Does justice really care which political party ushers her in?
As our hearts and prayers go out to the parents, students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, we are also facing our own children's fear and confusion about the event. Here are a few issues parents should immediately address with their children.
We don't necessarily "recover." We may never "get over it." Instead, we may wrap ourselves in the wisdom gained from loss. We may learn that life means even more to us than we realized before our loved one was taken away.
Dear Members of the Media: You already know that furious parents across the country feel it's inappropriate to shove a microphone in the face of a traumatized 8-year-old. But have you ever wondered why? It's because we will remember. I remember.
Don't participate in any ritualized expressions of public grief. There have been so many of these already this year. The point is, they don't help. They don't change the laws of the land, they don't weaken the NRA, they don't frighten the cowardly politicians into action. They change nothing.
Sobering questions have emerged, including: What is it about society that breeds such violent behavior? Is the source problem a gun or something within the souls of those who misuse them?
When are we going to stop this calamity with innocent children being massacred every day? When are we going to protect our children who have no one to protect them by us? Children deserve much better and adults are to blame.
The old NRA argument is that guns don't kill people, people kill people. The truth however, is so much more straightforward: people with guns can kill a lot of people.
We should not become accustomed to a world where the pattern of wielding power -- especially firepower -- has authenticated and legitimized their possession of it.
December 14th's unfathomable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School is unlikely to lead to serious action on gun control. More likely, there will be...
Only in this country do these kinds of mass shootings occur with such a ludicrous level of frequency; and when they do, we collectively shake and then scratch our stunned heads in sadness and incredulity, while doing nothing. But today's atrocity was especially grievous.
My son's class performance this morning -- before I read the news -- feels like it happened weeks ago. What happened in Sandy Hook Elementary is unspeakable; and yet, if we don't speak up, we are closing our eyes to the problem.
All violence is tragic, even when it's necessary, and regardless of whether or not it occurs on a small or large scale, or if it happens today or if it happened last year, the correct time to discuss it is always now.
How young do the victims have to be and how many children need to die before we stop the proliferation of guns in our nation and the killing of innocents?
It is likely that many children will hear about this tragedy on television, online, in school, on the bus. What parents can do is prepare themselves to field questions and provide honest yet helpful answers. Here are just a few helpful hints to consider.