First Anniversary of the Sandy Hook School Shooting
The first Anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy is upon us. Indeed, it was a year ago, on December 14, 2012, that our nation faced one of the deadliest school shootings in history. Sadly, this was not the first tragedy. What makes the Newtown events so tragic is how young the majority of the victims were. Although no one wishes for this to happen, the truth is that if nothing is done, they will continue to happen. For instance, there have been over ten thousand gun related deaths since the events of Sandy Hook in December 2012. Furthermore, some school shootings don’t even make it in the news if there isn’t a fatality.
I hope that this first Sandy Hook anniversary serves as an opportunity for reflection and action. The outpouring of support and renewed awareness around violence in our schools is promising in one key aspect. That is, if guns are here to stay, it falls onto each one of us to ensure that they are never used against children. Keeping this debate going is the only way to prompt our lawmakers to tackle the issue head on. Now I know that this is easier said than done. There is a delicate balance to be struck between allowing people to exercise the right to bear arms and preventing guns from falling in the wrong hands. Whatever your position on this complex issue, one thing is sure: no one wants to see another Sandy Hook!
My way of keeping the conversation going was to bring the 26 Angels book below to life.
26 Angels: Words for a Healing Heart is a collection of original poems written in memory of the Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, USA. Collected from 18 authors, the poems in this book aim to alleviate the grieving that resulted from this tragedy and hopefully spark a healthy debate on children’s safety in schools. All proceeds from this book go to a legitimate Sandy Hook victims’ fund.
What about you? What are your thoughts? What do you think needs to be done to keep our schools safe? feel free to post a comment below!