Hug your loved ones, just because you can
To the editor:
My daughter is a student at Salem Avenue Elementary School. It is a place where she loves to be, where she thrives and grows in the tender care of the wonderful teachers and staff. I have said this before and will continue to say it; I am so very grateful for her school and all that they have done to help mold her little being. And knowing her teachers as I do, I can imagine that they all are struggling greatly with the tragedy in Connecticut. The days ahead and the changes that will most likely come about in schools everywhere will be difficult for students and teachers alike. I will be keeping them all in my thoughts and prayers.
I share today with so many across this country a heart that is heavy beyond words — trying to wrap my brain around how something like this could ever happen. I can’t even begin to imagine how those 20 parents feel. I don’t think I could ever survive losing my child like that. But I am also thinking of those individuals who are trying to sort through this mess; the teachers, investigators, police officers, medical personnel, task forces — and keeping them in my thoughts and prayers too, as this scene will forever be etched in their hearts.
I will think twice before I complain about how extra security measures at my daughter’s school are an inconvenience to me. I will think twice before I get frustrated because she repeatedly calls out, “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy.” I will think twice before I ever go to sleep angry at her — or anyone else for that matter. She is the most precious gift I have ever received. Every day is a blessing because she is in my life.
Hug your loved ones today — just because you can.
Aborted children should not be forgotten
To the editor:
My heart is sad at the loss of everyone in Newtown, Conn., especially the children. My heart and prayers go out to them.
It’s gotten the attention of the nation and the world.
Indeed, it was a brutal crime, but let’s not forget the unborn (but still children in God’s eyes) who are murdered every day in the world at abortion clinics legally.
Constitution was written to protect single-shot firearms
To the editor:
On Dec. 16, I saw an ad for a semi-automatic rifle with a 30-round magazine. I’m not a gun enthusiast, and I don’t begrudge those who target shoot or hunt. I’m not a weapons expert, either, but I defy anyone on the planet to explain to me, or to the parents at Sandy Point Elementary School, why civilian magazines larger than 10 rounds are necessary for any reason.
The argument that it is people, not weapons, that kill is nonsensical. On Dec. 14, at an elementary school in China, a man wounded 22 children ages 6 to 11 with a knife. China’s schools have security guards because of previous attacks, but that did not prevent the attack. Anyone with an iota of common sense should realize that if the attacker in China was able to get close enough to 22 children to do damage with a knife, he would have done much more damage had he had a gun. Guns do kill — and much more efficiently than knives, clubs and rocks, which naysayers tragically (in light of the deaths of the 20 children) cite to protect something they think the Constitution guarantees.