As an advocate for peace and nonviolence, and as someone who does not own a gun, I think it is wise to have strict laws regarding guns, as Connecticut does.
However, going forward is it also wise to remember the monumental failure of the "war on drugs" this country continues to endure. A complete "war on guns" would be just as damaging.
We have to stop the pendulum from swinging from extreme to extreme and make wise decisions based on facts. We also have to accept that sadly a mad man who is intent on inflicting pain will.
Violence such as the Newtown tragedy is so horrific it brings attention to the violence in our society. Children are the victims of violence every day, truly something must be done. The easy way out is to stop this painful conversation about why with assumptions, accusations and judgments.
But we cannot afford to take the easy way out. This is a time to listen to one another. Before we change laws and create new policies let us begin this healing process by treating each other with respect and kindness and prayer.