There's been some talk about how to best memorialize the 20 children and 6 adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School exactly one month ago today. Newtown is divided on whether or not to tear down the school and build a memorial, there are Facebook pages devoted to remembering 12.14.12, and there are vigils still happening around the nation. But some parents of the Sandy Hook victims have found what I think is the best way to honor their slain children ... they're asking for a national conversation about gun control.
That's all; just a dialogue about what America should do about its civilians and their right to weapons. Nothing more, nothing less, just a talk, and it started today with their emotional news conference.
The group shared with one another how the country's poised to make an important decision on gun control, and even though there's not one simple fix, discussing the touchy topic is the first step to making a positive change.
And they're not asking for drastic, immediate change, either. They're not petitioning for every teacher to be armed, they're not asking that each school come equipped with a police officer, they're not asking for all guns to be banned.
What they want is compromise. The Sandy Hook promise is a document some conference goers read that asks for a ban on all military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. As you'll remember, Adam Lanza used a legally purchased Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle.
They just don't want that new law, however -- they want the conversation to spark a new approach to gun control. The parents believe that they owe it to their children to force a difficult dialogue so that something like the tragedy in Newtown doesn't happen again. They want to turn tragedy into transformation.
Vice President Biden's expected to make a statement regarding gun control Tuesday, and we'll see then if he listened to the Sandy Hook parents' plea for a conversation about change. I certainly hope so.
What are your thoughts on the subject?
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