Newtown, CT.

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 in News | No Comments

Over the weekend, I have been thinking about some of the tragedies that have defined my lifetime and where I have been for each. Columbine, 9/11, Virginia Tech, Aurora, CO and now, Newtown. There’s always the infamous question of, “Do you remember where you were when the planes hit?” Well of course I do, but instead, this past Friday morning I will never forget the CNN update popping up on my phone and seeing the blinding words of a shooting at elementary school in Connecticut.

 

For those of you who know me, I’m originally from Connecticut and lived there the majority of my life. My mother, sister and brother-in-law are all teachers there and my girlfriend is a teacher here in Atlanta.  Needless to say, I love teachers.

The thing that all of the tragedies I listed had in common is that they were perpetrated by a small group of people, or even lone gunmen. I can only speak for myself, but as terrible as all of these crimes were, it was easy to feel like a victim. To feel that we were just unlucky, or that no amount of prevention could stop someone from finding a way to inflict harm on innocent, unarmed people when they are not expecting it.

But the shootings in Newtown feel different. I can’t help but feel a sense responsibility for this one. I can’t stop thinking that as a society we let 20 little children down. And I know the feeling of wanting to help. I’ve seen it in people’s faces. So sad. So confused. Speechless with grief. But the truth is, it is too late. It’s done.

And once again, you can take comfort in the fact that none of us individually could have done anything stop this, or acknowledge that collectively we won’t accept this anymore. This is not the world we want to live in, and it is our responsibility to change it. We should not be “waiting on the world to change”.

 

It’s time to step up and do our part. If you live with a few hours of Newtown, donate your services. Think you’re too busy to save the world? Donate a dollar. What matters most is that we take the time in our day to talk to the people next to us and hit the pause button at least once a day to connect. Make it a mission of yours to educate; it doesn’t always require a podium.

 

I’ll leave you with this a’capella piece from Overboard in dedication of those affected by the shooting at Sandy Hook: