16 December, 2012
I, like many across the country and in the international community, am stunned and saddened by the murders of innocent children and adults in Newtown, Connecticut. As news of the incident continued to unfold through the day, the enormity of the tragedy grew worse. President Obama spoke for the country when he said that, “Our hearts are broken.”
I do not have words to explain what the parents must be feeling at the senseless loss of their children and loved ones lives. But as a husband and a father I feel an emotional connection to the families in Newtown. Their loved ones' lost hopes and dreams are a loss for us all.
In the coming days and weeks many people will come forward with theories and suggestions about how to avoid the next horrific incident. I am obviously not an expert but there are a few things that are clear to me.
The first is that there are too many guns in America and they are too easily obtained. Being able to purchase weapons at gun shows, etc, without a 'background' check is nonsense and should not be allowed. Private citizens don't need to own large capacity assault weapons. Who are we kidding? Politicians need to step up and be counted in the discussion of a fair and reasonable interpretation of the Second Amendment.
Second. Our country needs to focus more resources on mental-health services. As the world becomes more complex...technically, politically, and socially...mental health services need to have the resources to recognize, treat, and counsel people most in need.
Finally we should understand that Newtown is our town too. Keep the people of Newtown in your thoughts and in your heart.