Time has passed. For some, the impact of the tragedy of 12/14 is fading.
The pain has not eased, withered or faded for the people of Newtown. It has not faded for the families. While the emotions are still raw, the families of the victims are standing up and demanding to be heard. They are courageously stepping forward at a time when most of us would want to hide, break apart, or give up.
They are working in Washington to protect all of our children. And they deserve our support and help.
Today, Francine Wheeler of Sandy Hook was the first citizen to give the President’s Weekly Address to the nation. I am in awe of her ability fight for the safety of the children in our country in the midst of her own anguish.
Please give her your attention for a few moments:
There is something we can all do to support the Wheeler family in their efforts. They are asking for common sense gun regulation, universal background checks and higher penalties for people who buy guns just to turn around and sell them to criminals.
The following message was posted earlier this week from David Wheeler, father of 6 year-old Ben who died in the massacre and 9 year-old Nate, who was hiding in the building at the time of the shooting.
Please help us move forward.
Please help Francine and I and other families in the work we will be doing this coming week in our nation’s capitol.
Using the link below you can download an information sheet and templates for letters, emails and phone calls to your representatives.
Please read these, beginning with the instructions. If you do not wish to help us, then simply don’t, and I sincerely ask that you please not share your ideological rebuttals here; save that for another conversation.
Because it is so very important that this communication to our elected representatives not end with you, I ask that you feel free to share this post and link as you see fit – we need you to connect with your friends and family to help us make a difference.
In the folder, I’ve also included Ben’s last school photo, taken in the early Spring of 2012. Feel free to include it in any communications you wish, should you so choose.
“If there is a step we can take that will save just one child, just one parent, just another town from experiencing the same grief that some of the moms and dads who are here have endured, then we should be doing it.” President Obama