Learning history will not solve the world's problems and despair is an appropriate response to recent events but it must be a temporary response. We must place our own time in context with others because that is how we advance, that is how things get better. There will always be terror that darkens our days but there is always light and nothing casts a brighter light than knowledge.
Since 1963 more than 176,000 children have died from gun violence in America — over three times more than all the soldiers killed in action in the Vietnam War and every external conflict since. Our children have a right to grow up in a caring and decent society that protects their right to live and learn in safety.