I truly grieve for the families and citizens of Newtown. I cannot imagine the pain and loss they feel. They will carry the scars of this day for a long time and anything we can do to support them in their day of trial ought to be done. If you have been directly impacted by the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School or know somebody who has this post is not for you. Stop reading and know that you are loved and prayed for as you grieve. Even if you only live in that area, stop reading and seek out someone who is hurting and seek to be present with them and console them in their grief.
But those of you have not been directly impacted by these events . . . let’s be honest with one another. Let us not disrespect those who suffer so greatly by our feigned solidarity and hypocritical mourning over the “great loss of innocent life.” As a nation and as individuals, is our reaction to the senseless act of this madman true “grief” over the loss of innocent life or is it more fear that “it could have been my child/grandchild/neighbor” and relief that it wasn’t. As the president, in his statement, said, “each time I learn the news [of tragedies like this] I react not as a President, but as anybody else would — as a parent.” That is why “every parent in America will . . . hug our children a little tighter and we’ll tell them that we love them, and we’ll remind each other how deeply we love one another.”
If we answer honestly, we have to admit that the lamentation that this is a “national tragedy” because of the “great loss of innocent life” is both insincere and hypocritical. We tolerate a 11,000% greater loss* every day under the banner of “personal choice” with no fanfare, no press conferences, no interruption of the President’s busy agenda, and little to no thought or concern for the thousands of boys and girls whose lives are snuffed out.
If today was an otherwise “average day” over 30 children were murdered in the state of Connecticut alone through abortion** – seemingly without remorse, outrage, sorrow, or grief. Everyone knows it occurs, but most of us don’t give these innocent boys and girls a second thought. Nor do we consider the long-term grief and burden that their parents will bear knowing they were a party to their own child’s murder.
If today is an otherwise “average day” nearly 30 people will lose their lives because somebody decided to get behind the wheel of a vehicle impaired by alcohol. Yet again, we will not have CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, C-SPAN, and every other news source chasing down information on either the victims or perpetrators of these senseless deaths.
If there is a need to “come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics,” over the actions of a lone madman, how much more “meaningful action” is necessary to “prevent more tragedies” like the 3,200+ boys and girls murdered each day in our country*** by abortion and the 10,000+ men, women and children each year **** who lose their lives to drunk driving?
* (3,300/28)*100. 3,300 – average number of U.S. abortions daily. 28 – number of deaths in Newtown.
** In 2009, 13,732 abortions were performed in Connecticut. An average of 37 per day.
*** In 2008, 1.21 million abortions were performed in the United States. An average of 3,315 per day.
**** In 2010, an estimated 10,228 people died in alcohol related crashes in the United States. An average of 28 per day.