I understand all too well how difficult it is to suddenly and tragically lose a loved one. My family would never have survived those first few days without our friends to comfort us. Not only did they wipe our tears and make sure we got enough to eat, they managed the flower deliveries and phone calls and never-ending stream of visitors who stopped by our home to pay their respects. I remember the long lines at the funeral home and the hordes of people packed into our church. Hearing the stories about my brother and listening to people talk about how much they loved him helped to ease our pain. But when the funeral was over and the community had gone back to their own lives, the brutal reality of my brother’s death set in. That’s when the real grieving began.
Christmas Eve is less than a week away. A night that should be silent and holy will be filled with the sound of the Newtown parents weeping for their lost children. As fellow countrymen, we must continue to support the families of the Shady Hook Elementary School victims during the weeks and months ahead. But we must also find a way to honor them. One way to make sense of this tragedy is to ensure this atrocity never happens again. This was not a terrorist attack. This was an American killing Americans on American soil. The power lies within us, as citizens of the greatest nation on earth, to make the real changes this country needs.
Politicians need to stop arguing, reach across the aisle, and make the decisions that are in the best interest of our nation. Lawmakers must establish gun control on assault rifles. Television producers should discontinue reality shows and return to wholesome family entertainment. Parents must prevent our children from playing violet video games and monitor their online usage. Friends should reach out to those who have lost loved ones as well as those who are caring for children in crisis. We must love our neighbors as ourselves. We must put prayer back in our schools. We must put prayer back in our lives. We must put our trust back in God.