Washington- Having brushed aside efforts to strengthen the nation’s gun laws, Congress has turned its attention toward other issues, including immigration reform and alleged abuses by the IRS and National Security Administration.
But for the families affected by the 12/14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and their neighbors, there is no moving on.
Family members of those killed 12/14, along with elected officials, faith leaders, and other community members, will join together in a day of remembrance and a call to action on Friday, June 14. They will gather at Edmond Town Hall to read the names of victims of gun violence and urge their representatives in Congress to support legislation that would require comprehensive background checks.
In an impressive display of conscience and consensus, Connecticut’s Legislature passed legislation on the final day of its session Wednesday that will put photographs and other media that lay bare the graphic and gruesome details of the 12/14 massacre at Sandy Hook School beyond the reach of those employing the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to secure their release. With only four dissenters in both chambers, the state Senate and House voted to exempt these materials not only in the Sandy Hook case, but for all homicides in the state.
Newtown High School Art Club members recently oversaw the design and construction of a mosaic created in response to the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. By Tuesday, May 27, members of the club proudly held up the completed work during a club meeting.
“It helped to do something to remember it,” said club member Halle Wilson.
For Newtown High School 2012 graduate and current Southern Connecticut State University student Danielle Ford and Newtown Middle School technology education teacher Don Ramsey, June 14 will include “an adventure for a healing community.”
The Connecticut General Assembly’s annual session is ending Wednesday as it began, with a focus on the grieving families of Newtown, who pleaded for legislation that might give solace. And once again, lawmakers found it impossible to deny them.
Are you still looking for answers? Do you somehow feel that there is better way to move through the events of 12/14? Are you wanting to help other people and really not sure how?
Dr Melissa Bonasera and Newtown Leadership Institute, together with Building Newtowns (formerly Healing 4 Newtown), invite residents to participate in a special session with Steve Linder on Saturday, June 8.
Sessions will run all day in Newtown High School Lecture Hall, 12 Berkshire Road.
Students from the Gibbs Magnet School in Little Rock, Ark., set up their store at a school board meeting. The students have been creating and selling duct tape trinkets, and donating the proceeds to the Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children & Families in Danbury, for months.
Lions Clubs across the nation and here in Newtown are known for their support of community service programs as well as their commitment to helping protect and preserve sight.
But in the wake of 12/14, the Newtown Lions also exhibited foresight by establishing The Newtown Lions Club Foundation Inc./Sandy Hook Elementary Fund, a fund to help residents, regardless of their economic situation, to cover the cost of mental health counseling sessions and co-pays.