Morning of MOURNING!
MORNING OF MOURNING! The Gazette headline today screams in HUGE BOLDFACE, “Why?” That's my question.
President Obama spoke for me and most Americans yesterday afternoon, “Our hearts are broken today.” What is YOUR comment?
For Marilyn and me, having our grandson, ZAK at Milton West Elementary School (K-3) - a school like Sandy Hook Elementary School - made the tragedy the MORE PERSONAL for us! We pray for the parents and others who lost loved ones and for the survivors...
I was helped as President Obama spoke from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at The White House at 3:15 pm CST yesterday, “We have endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learned the news, I react not as a president, but as anybody else would, as a parent. And that was especially true today. I know there is not a parent in America who does not feel the same overwhelming grief that I do. The majority of those who died today were children - beautiful little kids between the ages of five and 10 years old.
“They had their entire lives ahead of them - birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.”
AMEN & AMEN! I am praying in a special way today for ALL the PEOPLE of Newtown, CT and WE THE PEOPLE of the US.
If you want to watch the video of the President’s statement, use this link, “President Obama Makes a Statement on the Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.” The text of the statement is linked on this webpage too.
CT Governor Malloy expressed my thoughts too, "Evil visited this community today. We are all in this together."
I read the reports of the services held in the Newtown churches last evening – the Newtown United Methodist Church and the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church. Robert Weiss, the Roman Catholic priest reflected on the tragedy of the day and the intensity of the evening service, “It was totally brutal. I am not able to find more accurate words. It was brutal to see the pain here.”
There is a wide-ranging collection of more than 162 (as of this posting) photos from yesterday, including from the Newtown United Methodist Church and the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church servies last evening, online from Newstimes.com of the Hearst Connecticut Media Group which you can view using this link, “28 dead including 20 children, gunman in Newtown shooting.”
One of the best feature reports with many complementary resoruces online was reported and sent out by the Associated Press. That article is published in today’s Janesville Gazette and also by TODAY’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. I encourage you to use this link to read the article and use links to the other online resources, “Gunman kills 26 at Conn. school, commits suicide.”
I've been listening reading here and there and even world-wide noting the reports and the reflections... again and again there is the question echoing and haunting, "WHY?" Why do we have so many mass shootings here in the USA as contrasted with other nations? Yes, NORWAY had the mass shooting tragedy of the 22nd of July 2011, so the tragedy can and does strike anywhere.
There are so many reports... it'll take time for WE THE PEOPLE of the US to sort through the realities of the tragedies of the mass shootings... I do believe that there needs to be MORE CONTROL OF GUNS in our American culture. That is a very controversial stance, but I believe supported by research. There is the "BATTLE ROYALE" as to GUN OWNERSHIP in the US. I do NOT believe the founders intended that the 2nd Amendment mean what the US Supreme Court has NOW said it means. That is NOT accurate in context with the realities of 1787 through the 15th of December 1791 - yes, TODAY IS THE DATE - when the BILL OF RIGHTS was RATIFIED! Today is BILL OF RIGHTS DAY!!
What about the RIGHTS of the CHILDREN at Sandy Hook Elementary School to have the unalienable rights asserted by our US Declaration of Independence, "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"?!?!?!
Yes, I am mourning this morning! GOD HELP US ALL!
Here we go…
John Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Waukesha and an advocate for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.