, Salem, MA

December 7, 2013

Letter: Protecting our children is the legacy of Sandy Hook

The Salem News

— To the editor:

There is a date approaching that will surely enshroud our nation in thoughtful remembrance of those that passed and how the innocence of childhood could be shattered in just a blink of an eye. That date, Dec. 14, will commemorate the first anniversary of that tragic day when brave souls were lost at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

There has been much public debate and some consternation after the mourning and most of it has been centered on gun control; the degree that was required to have prevented a madman from committing atrocities against innocence and the degree to which it is currently lacking. But as a nation the reconciliation between the two has yet to be achieved and as a society we cannot wait anymore to defend the lives of children and their caretakers in our school until there is a more pronounced restriction in arming those who wish to harm others.

The goal therefore, is to arm those who are charged with watching over our children not with guns, but with procedures, tools and public policy that enables them to create and maintain, practical and meaningful measures of safety.

If we achieve this as a society we will provide a splendid legacy to the innocents who lost their lives on one of the darkest days in recent memory.

Joe D’Amore