The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 18, 2012

Our View: Seeking answers

— About the only thing that is clear in the days following the massacre of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., is that there are no answers.

Yes, the violent shooting deaths of 6- and 7-year-olds should give this nation pause to consider aspects regarding the types of guns and ammunition we sell and our response to mental health issues.

But certainly no one believes that government in itself can provide a law that will fix evil. Law enforcement can’t make everyone safe. Nor can our school systems guarantee the absolute safety of our children.

Yet we all know that we can do better.

We would suggest our readers — many of whom are heartbroken after the senseless tragedy — would be best served today and in the coming days of funerals and memorials if they would simply gather those they love close to them.

Talk with your children. If you need help doing that, seek out the advice of the clergy, a school counselor or  a family counselor. Reach out. No one can possibly know the “right” thing to do. We have no road maps on how to handle horror. But as parents, we can decide how much information we think our children should have. We can be that filter.

Sometimes the simplest act of kindness helps the healing begin. You and your children might feel better by signing a card that is being sent to Newtown on behalf of the entire town of Joplin. The giant card will be available for signing in the lobby of City Hall through 4 p.m. Thursday.

It’s a good way to help your child learn about grief.

There is no good way, though, for any of us to understand what happened Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School.


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