Newtown

19 Dec

I was going to write about high-end olive oil today, but I just couldn’t do it.  Students in Newtown, Connecticut, returned to school yesterday, and I thought of them as I pushed open the door to my school building — a door that has been marked by a sign reading “NO firearms allowed” ever since Wisconsin passed the “Personal Protection Act” last year, allowing people to carry concealed weapons, including on campus grounds (although the university can ban them in university buildings).

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I also thought of the law allowing firearms to be sold at gun shows without background checks, the law prohibiting the ATF from releasing fire-arm data to the public, the law prohibiting the Centers for Disease Control from advocating for gun control, the expiration of the Assault Weapons Ban; of Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, and Aurora; of the thousands of fatal shootings that occur each year but never make it past local headlines or a few lines on the local obituary page.

And I thought that instead of writing about high-end olive oil today,  I would write to my senators and representatives instead.  For the Newtown students and everyone else who was, or will be, shot in our towns and cities.

Victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newton

Photo by HANDOUT/Reuters

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2 Responses to “Newtown”

  1. Kay Melchor December 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    Good for you! Thank you.

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  2. Lisa Longworth December 20, 2012 at 5:53 am #

    Very touching, your words and images. Especially all the faces of those who perished. Thanks for taking the time to share this with us.

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