I don't know about you guys, but I cannot keep it together. This Newtown tragedy is beyond words. Every parent I saw over the weekend was wandering around completely depressed, eyes rimmed with red. We're taking it extremely personally, as we should. It could have been any of our kids. It could have been any of our schools. It still can.
I got word of the first confused news reports right before I walked into our elementary school's holiday concert on Friday. Another school shooting? At an elementary school? My vast arsenal of swears could not adequately express my disgust. I knew the town. Good family friends lived there, one a recently retired schoolteacher. It's as beautiful as the media says—idyllic really, with its wooded and winding lanes, old barns, and babbling brooks—as safe and peaceful as it gets. I was shaken. We all were. During the performance, our fourth graders sang a haunting rendition of "Let There Be Peace on Earth" and I was beside myself with the awful contrast between those earnest words issued in such sweet, melodic voices and the horrific crime scene one small state away.
It goes without saying, but bears repeating, how sorry I am for the families of the victims and the community at large. I am grief-stricken and no area is safe from my tears, not my desk, not my car, not the grocery store, not even Staples (Jesus Christ, Tammy, it's just a printer cartridge!). I've been hugging my kids to the point of near-strangulation, but it's not enough. If we can't even protect our own children, then what do our freedoms even mean?
Do the right thing, America. Do it now. Semi-automatic assault weapons have got to go. Background checks for any gun are a necessity. Mental health issues require our serious attention. When someone decides to wage war on our schoolchildren, maybe we should, I don't know, be more specific about the interpretation of our Second Amendment rights. When it happens over and over again, then we are irresponsible to the point of negligence. Only fewer guns will keep our children safe. Protect them with responsible action. We cannot possibly believe that our Founding Fathers would expect anything less. They can't govern from the grave. And neither can our children.