Newtown Parents Hit Again, by Mary E. Latela, October 15, 2016
All I had were tears! Underneath, my anger seethed up, too. “State Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis granted a motion by Remington Arms to strike the lawsuit by the families of nine children and adults killed and a teacher who survived the Dec. 14, 2012, school attack, in which a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators with a Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle made by Remington “(AP).
I remember so clearly that day, sitting at my computer, when Breaking News came through. Children and some of their teachers had been victims of a bold shooting by a young man from the community. Parents had sent their little ones to school on that mild morning, and had to return to learn whether their precious child had survived or had died.
The days that followed split between coverage of the many funerals , tributes to the educators, anecdotes about the children who would never reach adulthood, and speculation about the mental status of the gunman, a twenty-something guy who tore into their lives.
Legal precedent has sided with the gun-makers, who are not legally responsible for the murders, assaults, deadly force by the owners, who acquire these weapons in shops, some of them at gun shows. The lawyer for the families will appeal.
It seems that those parents, grandparents, educators, and other adults who dedicate themselves to participate in raising children to be good citizens, good basketball players, scouts, have lost again. The laughter of children is a balm in our busy world. The crayon drawings on refrigerators are tomorrow’s art shows. Some children become part of the law enforcement team, or the medical professionals, who see life and death pass by, and bad choices lead to bad endings..
Just one thing could save a generation of children. But our lawmakers will not take that step. Some who brag, “I believe in my second amendment rights,” may not know the content or the spirit of any other Amendments. They may not be aware that children were not so important in the legal portrait of our early colonists. Now, should we not know better?
Finally, the face of law enforcement should be serious, but seriously just and compassionate and protective.
AP. Officer demonstrating the weapon used in Newtown.