Grieving for Friends You Never Met
|Jessica Hill, AP
I turned on my computer to see “Breaking News” screamed in big red letters across the screen: shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
At first, I didn’t realize the magnitude of the story: was it a domestic dispute? An angry student? A disgruntled former employee?
But then I read a little more, and the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut revealed itself to be more horrible than anyone could have anticipated.
I can’t watch the news about this on TV. I check on Facebook and Twitter, and now and then on news websites, but that’s the extent of what I’m capable of doing right now.
My daughter in college texted me: did something happen in Connecticut? We talked on the phone about it, but only a little, preferring to change the subject as soon as we could.
Social media is exploding with news and comments, and already some people feel the need to reaffirm their support of gun ownership. Talk about an inappropriate moment.
I’m not going to get into the gun control debate, other than to say I don’t believe mass shootings of kindergarten students are what the Founding Fathers had in mind with the 2ndAmendment.What I am going to say is that right now, millions are grieving for people they’ve never met – the adults and children who were murdered today.
They’re grieving for the victims’ families and friends whose lives have been changed forever.
And they’re grieving for their country. Because a tragedy like this reflects on us all.
Let’s put away the posters and rhetoric and join together to find a way to avoid these kinds of senseless tragedies.
This is supposed to be a season of peace and love.
Let’s make it so.