A dedication to the "Sandy Hook" massacre
Newtown, CT - Photo by Gary Hunter
A candlelight memorial for the students and teachers lost in the Sandy Hook killings
Newtown, CT - Photo by Gary Hunter
This was the season to be bright and jolly but this week America and the world are pouring their hearts and souls into Newtown Ct.
Many of us may had never heard of the Connecticut town of 25,000 before it was solemnly brought to our attention by one of the most senseless and unthinkable tragedies in the history of our country, but we know them now.
Eleven days before Christmas, just after the doors had been secured on Sandy Hook Elementary School, evil invaded.
A dream snatcher in the person of 20-year old Adam Lanza toting a .223-cal. Bushmaster AR-15 intruded Sandy Hook at roughly 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 14 and within minutes massacred 20 first grade students and six adults, including the school principal.
The collective hearts of America dropped----from President Obama to those throughout: black and white, Hispanic and Asian, Jews and Christians, Muslims and Protestants, Catholics and Baptist, children and teens, adults and elderly, athletes from amateur to professional in basketball and football, and beyond.
Our president, a man who is steeled to demonstrate courage in the face of adversity was brought to tears twice. This turned the critical national debate over the fiscal cliff into a side bar.
This transformed the occasion of Santa and his reindeers into a tremendously sad thought of the girls and boys of Sandy Hook who will not be celebrating Christmas.
Instead of parents wrapping gifts for their tiny children, they were picking out caskets for funerals.
For any human being to attempt to come to grips with such an enormously impossible quagmire requires assistance from a supreme being.
Thus imagine what Newtown families are dealing with? Clergymen whose belief system and fundamental purpose in life is to comfort in these trying situations were challenged. Where on earth or in heaven is there an answer for this?
President Obama leaned on scripture when addressing mourners in Newtown on Sunday Dec. 15.
To all the families, first responders, to the community of Newtown, clergy, and guests — Scripture tells us: “…do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away…inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”
The Sandy Hook mass murder has centralized heightened attention on gun control, mental health awareness, public safety and the safety of children in schools throughout America.
Locally, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck warned the Sandy Hook massacre has created a, “new reality” that his department must address.
Chief Beck outlined a plan on Monday that will require uniformed officers to visit public school campuses on a daily basis, a major shift in LAPD deployment strategy.
“After all,” Chief Beck said of elementary school children, “these are supposed to be one of the safest places in their worlds.”
“A barrier has been broken in our culture,” Chief Beck added. “It’s our job, to make sure that we resurrect that barrier and make our children safe.”
Meanwhile, in Washington DC the president left Newton with a pledge that he would do everything that he can to make sure that a Sandy Hook massacre doesn’t happen again.
It certainly will not happen again at Sandy Hook as school officials have already decided to move the remaining children to other neighboring schools while the daunting crime scene investigation resumes for the next three to four months.
The possibility of the school ever opening again is remote, and conversations have already begun about demolishing the site.
In Connecticut the region is now questioning if a Connecticut law that was defeated in February would have prevented the unthinkable events.
The law would have required psychiatrists and the courts to decide if troubled individuals, like Adam Lanza was, should be required to adhere to assisted outpatient treatment.
Ultimately, only professionally trained psychiatrists can conclude any formal diagnosis that may suggest Adam Lanza was a threat to himself or others.
Lanza, killed his mother with her own gun before cutting down children and adults at Sandy Hook, and eventually used one of the weapons to kill himself.
In the blinking of an eye, a nation so divided by its ethnic groups, religions, political preferences and ideologies shifted their focus on their similarities instead of their differences.
Today, tomorrow and forever, the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School will be speaking to us.
Their tiny voices will cry out to us about the events of Dec. 14th, 2012.
It will be their spirits and voices that will begin the healing process for their families.
Collectively their voices will remind the politicians how silly their rhetoric about gun control has been.
It will be their voices that will ring loudest in the mental health debate.
It will be their haunting screams in their final moments with us that will guide each of us in our days ahead.
The world is watching America. With our children’s blood on our hands, just what are we going to do? Christmas can wait!