BY DONNA WESTFALL
After a grand night of pulling off a surprise birthday party for Connie Morrison, it was a total shock to wake up to the tragic and horrifying news that a gunmen shot and killed children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school. As of now, the death toll tally at 27.
The immediate response is the need for gun control.
I don’t even know how to handle, clean or shoot a gun, but I don’t want to see my 2nd Amendment rights taken away. I’m a firm believer that our forefathers intended the 2nd Amendment as a safety measure for the populace to fight against a tyrannical government. Let’s not forget that many of the colonists came from bloody England. I don’t mean “bloody” to be cute. I mean “chop-off-their-heads” bloody. Child were exploited in factories. Slavery was the thing of the day. The last time I was in London, I did the tour. I saw the crown jewels. I walked through Westminster Abbey. Went to the Tower of London and I heard the stories about the atrocities of people losing their heads, many politically motivated. Between the years 1388 and 1780, 92 men were beheaded. In the 20th century, executions in England were by firing squad.
This morning, a young man armed with a rifle and three other weapons, walked in and and started shooting and taking the lives of innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which includes 450 students in grades K-4. The town is located about 12 miles east of Danbury.
The gunman, identified as Adam Lanza, 20, was killed inside of the school. Wearing a bullet proof vest, he shot and killed his mother and 26 others, in the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school. His older brother, Ryan Lanza, is being held for questioning by police. Ryan lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.
What more to say at this moment? Prayers for those suffering this great loss to their families; and prayers for the classmates and teachers who survived. More prayers for our nation as we grapple with this dilemma.