A Year Later

Yesterday, was the one year anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. A year that has left 26 families devastated, and forever changed.

A year later, and we still have no answers as to why the horrors of that day were carried out. Has anything really changed since that day? I honestly can’t answer that. Yes, there have been new laws made to gun ownership, but has that changed anything? If you look at the events over the last year, your answer should be no.  There is still gun violence.  On just the eve of the anniversary there was another school shooting. This one was nowhere near the scale of Sandy Hook, but life was lost, people were hurt, and high school students are forever changed.

I’m not going to get into the gun control debate here, because we all have our beliefs and stand by them, and I’m really not up for a debate at the moment. And, besides gun control isn’t the issue here. It’s mental health. It always has been mental health and until we realize that as nation, we will continue to have these violent, tragic, and heinous crimes unfold before our eyes.

I think it’s easier for us to blame an inanimate object for the horror than it is for us to take responsibility for ignoring the things that are going on around us. We, have to stop that, the sooner the better.  We need to look out for each other, and when we see someone struggling, we need to step up and offer help. Look around you, there is someone struggling with something in your life right this minute. Have you taken the time to ask about it, offer help, or just an ear to hear them out.

If we start taking time out of our busy lives for just a few seconds and look around us, just maybe we’ll see the person that is struggling, that’s on the ledge, and we can help back them off it. Of course we will never know if this is true until we start making a serious effort.

After the shooting occurred last year, one family stuck out for me and that was of the Parker’s. They lost their young daughter that day, but haven’t let it destroy theM or ruin their faith in mankind. They have continued to be compassionate, loving people. I’m not sure that I could show the grace and compassion that they have over the last year. I’m not sure I wouldn’t have turned into someone bitter and cold. The Parker’s have not.  They continue to live and spread the love of their daughter.

A video was recently released done by Emilie’s mother in which she says “Evil didn’t win that day.” Instead her family has made sure to keep the memory of their daughter alive, by doing for others and inspiring those around them.

A year later and a whole lot has changed for some and not much at all for others. Here’s hoping that we continue to find ways to help, support, and inspire others.

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