something must be done

as a teacher, as a sister to little brothers, as an american citizen, as a human being
the massacre in connecticut hit hard.
my heart hurts for those families. i just can not imagine.

my parents have always stressed the importance of loving those you care for every day because it could be gone in a second. 
but this should not ever be a reason you lose a loved one. 
it just shouldn't.
something needs to change.
something needs to be done.
 more gun control, more mental illness awareness, more options for mental healthcare,
more love in the world.

i am with anna in her resolution to be on the offensive.
maybe if we can keep the love and unity that is felt after tragedy strikes, even when things seem good,
we can prevent, help, encourage, comfort, strengthen, support.
it won't fix everything and everyone,
but it's something
and something must be done.

Important reads:
Thinking the Unthinkable: I Am Adam Lanza's Mother 

US Mass Shootings in 2012

"We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law -- no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society.

But that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely, we can do better than this. If there is even one step we can take to save another child, or another parent, or another town, from the grief that has visited Tucson, and Aurora, and Oak Creek, and Newtown, and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that -- then surely we have an obligation to try. "

- President Obama