In response to the attempted misappropriations of a day to commemorate the deaths of 20 first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December 14, by a mentally disturbed 20 year old, the parents of two children who were killed launched the campaign, “Nothing But Love On December 14th.”
“On December 14, 2012, 20 innocent first graders and 6 educators were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School by a 20-year-old man. Already, groups are talking about using December 14, 2013, as a day to talk about guns. One organization has announced a “Guns Save Lives Day,” and a noisy debate has already started.
“12/14 is not a day to be politicized or polarizing. It is a day for remembrance and reflection, a day of love.
“Sandy Hook Promise, which works with some of the families who lost loved ones on 12/14, asks for you to join us in this simple message:
“December 14, 2013, exactly one year after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, is a day for parents to hug their children and people to embrace their families, not a day to talk about guns.”
According to the Newton Patch, organizers of the gun advocacy event say they chose the date to counteract “”what certainly will be a day of activism and misinformation from the gun prohibition lobby,”
The only thing today should certainly be a day of is reflection on innocent lives lost, and introspection on the compassion and humanity we need to nurture in our world to make sure more young lives aren’t lost to senseless violence.
“On 12/14 I will light a candle on the first second of our anniversary to light the darkness; I will not curse the darkness,” writes Darren Wagner, a Sandy Hook father , whose own son survived that day, and whose experience has led him to call for a Pledge of Compassion on Dec. 14.
Make the Promise. Take the Pledge. Light the Darkness.