Nation Marks 6 Months Since Sandy Hook Shooting
A human ribbon of remembrance formed on the lawn just west of the Capitol. Donning green shirts, which represented the school color of Sandy Hook Elementary, those gathered marked the 6 month anniversary of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Despite public outcry and a groundswell of support for proposed legislation, our nation has yet to realize our promise to decisively act to prevent gun violence in the wake of this year’s tragedies.
In the six months since Sandy Hook, more Americans have been killed by firearms than were killed in Iraq. You know the statistics. On average, each day 33 Americans are murdered with a gun, 8 of whom are under the age of 18. Indeed, every three days, our nation buries more children than were killed in the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook. Each and every one of these deaths deserves our recognition.
Yet, the vast majority of gun deaths receive little attention at all. Broadcast in the waning moments of the 11 o’clock news, these deaths are sadly a mere blimp on the radar screen, if they’re mentioned at all.
While Friday marks the 6 months anniversary of the tragedy, this weekend is also Fathers Day. For the fathers of the Sandy Hook children, and for all fathers who have lost their children to gun violence, this Sunday takes on a different tone. And for the thousands of children whose fathers have been killed by firearms, there will be no father with whom they can mark this otherwise joyous holiday.
Send a card to Congress in honor of all of those who, due to gun violence, may not celebrate Fathers Day this year. Together, we can fulfill our pledge to “not stand idly by the blood of our neighbors” (Leviticus 19:16).
We know that it is our religious and moral obligation to fight for sensible gun violence prevention, and as we mark a half year since the tragedy that opened many of our eyes to the perils of gun violence, we must renew our commitment to stop such violence from ravaging our nation.
Image courtesy of the Newtown Action Alliance