I don’t even know how to approach discussing the events that occurred earlier to day in Newtown, Connecticut. Children–babies, really–killed by a gunman who ambushed their little classrooms. Adults killed while working at an elementary school filled with rosy-cheeked, darling little ones on a chilly winter’s day. I feel like we as a country have collectively lost the ability to breathe.
I want to turn off the TV, but I can’t. I’m angry at media outlets (CNN, I’m talking to you) that are making statements about having “permission” to shove cameras and mics into the surviving children’s faces to speak about the horror they just witnessed. Those little kids are going to have to endure their childhood images on the Internet for the rest of their lives…and their families’ lives. Is a “scoop” really that important? Those parents who “gave you permission” are in SHOCK. Yeah. Nice job. The coverage is only going to accelerate over the next hours and days. The minutiae of these events will be dissected, reported, retracted, then re-reported just as it is every single time this happens. How many more times can we endure these tragedies?
Watching our President speak to the country not only as our Leader, but as a loving parent of two young daughters was heartbreaking. Seeing him break down during his statement was almost too much to bear.
“The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10-years-old,” he said. “They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.”
I don’t have an answer. We all want to know “why?“. All I have are the same reactions and pain the rest of you are feeling. Evil is real. And it stormed into an elementary school in a small town in Connecticut today.
My heart is broken.