I refereed a basketball game Friday night when I got home I hugged
my girls as hard as I could.  On the way home from my game I listed to the
press conference from the Connecticut State Police from the Sandy Hook
Elementary in Newtown, CT.  Earlier in the day a man, which will be
referred to as “the killer”, walked in and took the lives of 26
people, 20 of which 5 year-old children.  I’m not a very emotional man but
these events and the reaction of country overcame and I just could not stop
thinking about.
I work from home
so the television is usually off during the day so I didn’t hear about what
happened until early afternoon and I just could not get it out of my head.
 That night as I looked on social media and news websites my disbelief
continued to grow.  Then I watched the speech given by President Obama and
that is when it became real to me.  I must say that was President Obama’s
best speech in my eyes.  He did not just talk to us as our leader, he
talked to us as parent as well.  Then came the questions, why?  How?,
and I realized that we will never truly know 
Over the next few
days and weeks all the activists on both sides of the issue will politicize
those points and to be honest, I really don’t care.  These talking heads
will not bring back those babies.  The stories that I have heard just
don’t make sense.  I guess killing of one child, let alone twenty just
does not make sense to me.  What kind of place does a person go to that
their mind triggers them to do such a horrifying act.  That goes beyond
the issue that the pundits will be arguing. This will bring about questions
that nobody in their right mind ever thought they would have to answer, let
alone ask.
A friend of mine I
grew up with said it perfectly early Saturday morning “Trauma when I was a
kid was falling off my bike,tree,swing,etc….Today’s trauma for kids …is
their classmates getting shot and killed are you kidding me???” 
I couldn’t agree more.  What
kind of world do we live in that our 5 year old children are not safe?
 What kind of world do we live in where the killer had zero regard of
human life, and even less regard for the life of children?  What kind of
world do we live in where students feel they can attack police officers without
concern for punishment or consequences?
With regards to
the issue that the pundits will be spreading their propaganda I have to say
just this.  I made it clear last week where I stand on this issue and I am
not going to bore you anymore with it.  Actor Dax Shepard tweeted on
Friday “I love
guns. I have several, but I would gladly get rid of them if it would help
prevent anything like this from happening again.”
.  That’s all I
have to say about that.
Friday we left our
front porch light on overnight in memory of the people that died that day.
 I was also overwhelmed at how people came together to memorialize the
victims of this tragedy.  I also want to call out attention to the first
responders who were at the school within minutes of the call, unfortunately it
was already too late.  Lastly, to the parents that lost their children.
 I could not even begin to fathom what they are going through as I am
quick to console my girls when they bump their heads.  My heart breaks for
you and will continue to break for you.
If you don’t take
it from me, ask my wife.

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