Senseless, targeted, horrific violence affects everyone. It seeps into the very core of our being and floats our empathy to the surface of our emotions. Yesterday’s devastation in Newtown affected the world. It sank deeply into the hearts of people across the globe and left a scar that will never completely heal.
Everyone in the world wants to know why, but that is an answer that may never fully find a voice. The news coverage is quick to remind us of many other abhorrent acts of extreme violence, but this one is the most sickening. They were so young, barely beginning their journey in this world. And the ones who survived will carry with them an early memory of childhood marred by true evil.
The news in Canada continues to be splashed with the images of those poor families. Many of the comments on Facebook immediately jumped to gun control, but it should go so much deeper than that. It seems nonsensical that an armed man with no real affiliation to that school should be able to walk in off the street and change the lives of so many people on a dreadfully permanent basis. It truly will affect anyone that has a child of their own, or even a child in their lives in any facet.
The cloud of grief that blankets the small community of Newtown may never fully lift from their skies. In time, the outpouring of love and support from their community, and the energy of that same support from all over the world will hopefully help the sun begin to warm the cold reality that they currently face. My heart is broken for the family and friends of the victims of this shocking catastrophe.