We all know what happened in Newtown. I listened immediately to the news because that little country town is only about 20 minutes from Easton, Connecticut where I lived as a school child in a different age. In 1960 Newtown’s population was just shy of 11,500, today it is nearly 28,000! The community is only 65 miles from New York City which explains the growth — but not the carnage.
Like most Americans who are parents, my husband and I are very, very sad for the parents of the children and the families of the teachers and administrators who died. . . another senseless killing spree by a deranged young man.
In the year, 2000, on Mother’s Day we took our then 16 year old and his friend to Washington to join the Million Mom march for gun control. It was a beautiful day and many were full of hope that we could make a change.
Now it is 12 years later…and it appears that there is less interest in our populace for gaining control of the sale and the use of automatic weapons…the kind that deliver many multiple rounds of bullets which kill.
How crazy is it that we cannot work to challenge those who sell these killing devices?
On a positive note, I did hear some gun control advocates say they believe that Newtown is the Tipping Point — the point at which public opinion and Congressional leaders are galvanized to stay the course and work for change.
Dorothy Stang believed in peaceable demonstrations and so do I. I am scouting sites and news papers to hear that this movement is taking flight again. As our President said in his speech to the families in Newtown, “it’s time for a change.”
There are many ways to bring change about. We need to do all of them – gun control laws amended, a culture expanded which understands mental health issues and pays for resources for the needy, vigils for those who have died, and demonstrations by those who want to work to make a difference.
Will you join me?
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