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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sandy Hook Tragedy

It's hard to find any good in this tragedy.  Some will use it to stir the debate over gun control.  Some will focus on mental health.  Some will debate the media's role in all of this.  Facebook will be awash in the shared statements of those saying, "hands off my guns" or "If more people had guns then less shootings would happen".   Some will be bandying about carefully worded statements that admonish the need for owning multiple firearms, ones that shoot bullets in succession, over and over.  All choose to ignore what needs to be said in the face of this tragedy.

I choose to focus on how a few brave souls made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the innocent lives of children.  Some stood between the gunman and the children.  Some attempted to overtake him, unarmed.

What little good in all this is that there were more selfless souls than dark ones.  They outnumbered him.  Their bravery will, and should, overshadow the heinousness of what was done.   28 people died, but many, many more were saved by their actions. 

They did it without firearms or military training.  They did it without being asked.  They did it with no protection or guarantee of personal safety. 

They will be remembered for being heroes, saviors, protectors, and teachers.  They should be remembered, not the one who took their lives.

1 comment:

Diane Mclaughlin said...

Amen. Beautifully said, Michael. Thank you for your wisdom.

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