It’s been five years since there was a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. It’s a day that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
It’s sad to say that there have been so many mass shootings in the United States that some have simply slipped through the cracks of my memories. Sandy Hook is different.
I’m was born in Connecticut. I grew up and went to school in Connecticut. My mother has taught middle school English in Connecticut for over a decade. My sister also lives in Connecticut. It felt like an attack on my home.
I was in Israel, of all places, when I got the news about what had occurred. I was deeply shaken. I still am deeply shaken that 20 kids and six adults were gunned down in an elementary school and the nation’s largest legislative body chose to do nothing about it. Not even a token gesture beyond “thoughts and prayers” could must up enough votes to pass the Senate.
I know there’s a lot going on in all of our lives and that we can lose sight of what harm might come to others if it doesn’t come to ourselves. Harm came to Newtown and left a scar on the community that will last for a very long time. It has come to many other communities and left similar scars.
It’s been five years since Sandy Hook and thoughts and prayers have not been enough. We need action. There’s a lot going on, but please if you can, take five minutes out of your life and call your representatives to demand action on gun control. It could save a life, heck it could save several thousand of them.