Tag: Sandy Hook

Too Soon to Talk – Responding to The Sandy Hook Tragedy

Words: Amy Myers

Online newspapers, print newspapers, Facebook, Twitter, every national media source shares the same headline of the most recent devastating shooting. Sandy Hook Elementary has broken the hearts of Americans shore to shore. And with sick stomachs and clenched fists, we cannot seem to escape the violence anywhere.

Already, national news stations question the possibility of harsher gun policies and how we should prevent these occurrences in the future. However, many viewers of the network may still be processing the tragedy, just as the families of lost lives are.

Without all the information available, and what is confirmed already broadcasted, we tend to jump to conclusions about the motive of the shooter, the laws that should be remade, and the changes in protection needed at schools nationally. While these topics are vital to the recovery of Sandy Hook and prevention of future tragedies, it may be too soon to conquer these tasks in regards to information and emotions.

“I don’t like that everything is being thrown out at once without a second thought. The media keeps changing the story this way and that because they don’t have the full story, and they are just saying what they first hear,” comments sophomore Alix Thielemann.

However, demonstrating the opposite behavior may not be the answer either. While revealing too much information may cause more damage than comfort, suppressing or ignoring the situation may be just as harmful. If we are completely blinded from the horrific incident, how can we help the ones involved?

Instead of either extreme, a middle ground needs to be provided. Skip all the gore and heart-wrenching details until we can recover from the most challenging information stated–the 20 children snatched from the world, and the six brave adults who stopped the number from climbing. As tempting as the latest details may be, theories and conclusions of evidence often change as time proceeds.

And maybe time is all we need. Time to process, to grieve, to recover, and to provide the shoulder needed for the families of Sandy Hook.

Is The President’s Speech on the Connecticut Shooting the Beginning of Real Change?

Words: Charles Regnante

President Barack Obama emotionally addressed the people of Newtown, Connecticut at an interfaith vigil on Sunday. After assuaging victims’ families in classrooms at Newtown High School, the president said he would do everything in his power to “engage” a dialogue with Americans, including increasing law enforcement and mental health professionals, because “we can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them we must change.”

The president was not specific about what he thought would be necessary and did not even use the word “gun” in his remarks, but his speech was broadly perceived as a prelude to a call for more limits and restrictions on the availability of firearms. The president later asked whether the country as a whole could ask itself whether it was doing everything it could to meet its obligations in protecting all children. “This job of protecting kids and teaching them well is something we can only do together, with the help of friends and neighbors, with the help of a community, and the help of a nation.”

The president took the first minutes of his speech to recite scripture and remember those lost when alleged shooter, Adam Lanza broke into the elementary school with a semiautomatic rifle and two handguns, opening fire before committing suicide. After the president cited the names of the faculty members who died in the attack, he gave a few words of sympathy. “They responded as we all hope we might respond in such terrifying circumstances; with courage and with love, giving their lives to protect the children in their care,” he said.

The president said on Friday it was time for “meaningful action” to prevent such tragedies, “regardless of the politics.” This is a slight but noticeable shift for Obama, who has not actively pursued stricter gun control during his four years in office despite pledges to do so during his 2008 candidacy. But with so many young victims, a bipartisan group of lawmakers and activists emerged over the weekend suggesting now was the time to push gun control.