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Do more to prevent senseless violence

December 22, 2012
The Leader Herald

When will we ever learn? Recently, the world was shocked by the senseless violence that took place in Newtown, Conn. Like a pebble in a pond, the ripples from this tragedy will spread for decades. There will be suicides, divorces and years of therapy for many. The victims' families, friends and their whole community's lives never will be the same. There have been many disasters throughout history, both natural and man-made, that dwarf this incident in loss of life. But when innocent children are ruthlessly slaughtered, it totally defies all logic and really hits home. I can't imagine anything worse. Everyone's hearts go out to the families that have been affected by this unthinkable act.

We now live in a world where you're not safe going to the movies, church, the mall, kindergarten, any mode of transportation or anywhere. We never will know why this monster did this horrible thing. I have to constantly change the channel anytime the story comes on because I can't think about it anymore; it hurts too much. I wish they wouldn't release the name of the evil person who is responsible for all this heartache. Unfortunately, his name will be remembered by all, but the names of the 20 precious children and six remarkable adults whose lives were ended way too soon will soon be forgotten.

I wish I had an answer to how we could end these acts of senseless violence, but I don't. Do we have to have armed guards at every school and public building? Do we ban guns? Do we give guns to everyone? I don't know. I do know we have to do something to make sure this never happens again. We will never know what sets these mentally imbalanced people off. Some people show obvious signs of mental instability, but others can hide it; you would never know they were ticking time bombs until they explode.

My children are older now, but if they were the same age as the Newtown victims, I don't know what I would say to them to make them feel safe again. I guess I would have to lie to them. Hug your children every day, tell them you love them and do your best to give them a good life. Things can change in the blink of an eye. God bless.

JIMMY COLE

Northville

 
 

 

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