Orange County Register
The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., left us shocked and numbed. As an educator, dedicated to protecting children, I felt I let down those children. As if somehow, I should have done more to protect them. After all, this is our job as educators, as parents, and as adults – we should be protecting our children. Something must be done and now.
In the aftermath, we are simultaneously engaged in deep anger and sadness. But we must do something. So, we act, or at least we talk about action. We've focused on guns and gun control because that was the tool used to perpetrate the crime. We talk about increasing the number of guns, decreasing the number of guns, arming teachers, administrators and janitors, adding more armed guards, even adding more rules in schools. We argue with each other and, in turn, we fail, again, to deal with what is in front of us, something much bigger than gun control, something much more taboo than tampering with the Second Amendment.