Let us be advocates for our children. Let us be their voices when they cannot. Let us prepare them for success. Let the loving care that parents and teachers demonstrate extend all the way up to the policies enacted by our federal government. Let us do right by our children.
President Obama came to Newtown and delivered the most difficult speech of his presidency with amazing grace. With measured words delivered in a way only he can do, he conveyed the consolation and support of the nation.
"Guns aren't the issue. Look at Israel. They've got lots of guns and little gun-related violence." There's only one problem with this argument: It's not true. So the next time someone tells you that, "Israel shows we don't need gun control," here's what to tell them.
Which is worse: to stigmatize or to allow people to be at large with a risk of doing serious harm to others? We have a twin problem -- access to guns at large and access to guns by deranged actors, who are, or should be, known by society to exist.
These children are our brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, cousins, neighbors, and the kids we babysat every day after school or taught swimming lessons. They were an integral part of our community; they were our happiness.
It's a recipe for never-ending tragedy. And I'm not just talking about tragedies like Newtown. What about all the times that people have killed others by gunfire in an act of road rage, family bickering, or a squabble with someone down the block?