Today was a tragedy in American history. It was a tragedy for our country, for the families and friends of those killed in the Connecticut school shooting. It was a tragedy for children, for mom’s and dad’s, for teachers, for friends, for human beings.
Next week it will still be a tragedy; a tragedy for the educators who work at that school, the students who attend there, and the families of those students who worry over their safety.
It will be a tragedy for the community who has a cancerous tumor of absence in their previously-peaceful existence. They will be flooded with news media, political agendas, and lobbyists like they have never imagined.
Yes, a gun-control conversation WILL come out of this. It always does.
Today is not the day for that conversation.
I don’t have a lot of reach or power to affect change, but I’d like to request that everyone who reads this does the following:
If you comment on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or anywhere else, for the next two days, until midnight on December 16th, 2012, let the comments be only supportive ones. Take the righteous anger we all feel and turn into something compassionate for the those affected.
Those of us at home, far removed from these events, feel like we were affected. We weren’t. Our lives weren’t forever changed like the lives of these children and their families were.
If you believe in God, as I personally do, then pray to him for these families. If you don’t, then take a silent moment yourself and send a good thought their way. If you see comments on Facebook with political agendas, whether it be school-security or gun-control, remind those people of the loss others have suffered today and keep the focus where it belongs; with these families and friends of those who died.
The gun-control conversation will come, as it inevitably does. The political parties will throw their immeasurable weight behind both sides of the conversation, and yes, people like you and I will have our own staunch opinions on the matter. It doesn’t have to be today. Let today, tomorrow, and the remainder of this week be spent in consideration of those families who have lost so very much and for whom no amount of legislation will bring their children back.
Go home, hug your children, and be glad you have them tonight. Some families will not be that blessed.