Today is the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, CT. As I explained in my original post about the shooting, Sandy Hook is a place close to my heart—I have friends who live there. In the past year, I have listened to the grief of parents who lost children on that day (the friends of my friends), donated money to Moms Demand Action, engaged in online debate about gun laws and then realized this is something I cannot debate: this is only something I must help change. In that spirit, I am sharing the words I have received from those who are at the forefront of change—some of them relatives of Sandy Hook victims. Their message, summarized in the ad below, is simple: no more silence about school gun violence.
What can we do in the face of so much continued violence? We can start with solidarity. Erica Lafferty, daughter of Dawn Hochsprung (the principal of Sandy Hook, who was murdered that day), urges supporters to change our profile pictures to the image below:
We can also take our lead from the campaign by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America: contact Congress to advocate for common-sense gun laws—Mayors Against Illegal Guns will even connect you with your senator.
I don’t expect the passage of these laws to be easy, but we cannot simply assume that change is impossible. We must keep working for a safer environment for our children. As Ms. Lafferty puts it in her letter to supporters, “…if you ever feel disheartened by the politics in Washington around this issue, think of my mom and all the people we’re doing this for. We can’t give up before we pass the common-sense laws that will make us all safer.”
No more moments of silence. The time for action is now.