• Amanda Powell

Aftermath | Sandy Hook | Part I

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

December 14, 2012, across the nation Americans paused as the news screamed the stories of twenty dead children. Earlier that day, a fatal shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School brutalized twenty children between the ages of six and seven. Adam Lanza stole his mother’s Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle and killed her before making his way to the elementary school. There, he went from classroom to classroom, systematically shooting children. A teacher reported hearing Lanza curse and yell phrases such as “Look at me!” ; “Come over her!” ; and “Look at them!”. Lanza committed suicide before he could be brought to justice.

I thought we would never forget those kids…. We would never forget those kids.

In the following months we held candlelight vigils. We watched the president reflect our pain. We made a promise to ourselves; we will never let this happen again. We renewed the debate on gun control. President Obama announced the formation of an inter-agency gun-violence task force. Congress proposed two federal gun restrictions. New York passed the Secure Ammunition and Firearms enforcement Act of 2013 (NY SAFE Act). Maryland passed the Firearm Safety Act of 2013. We were making progress.

But then we forgot.

I watched as the news stopped talking about the survivors. Families were no longer organizing events. Enraged citizens weren’t asking for change. The Proposed Universal Background Check bill Proposed Assault Weapons Ban and were struck down in the senate. The ground gained in New York and Maryland was overshadowed by the relaxed gun laws in 10 other states. Since Sandy Hook the United States has had 2,654 mass shootings with at least 2,908 killed and 11,088 wounded.

With Sandy Hook, we experienced a horrible tragedy and made sweeping declarations about the safety of our children, but after a couple months of ranting our anger subsided and no real change was implemented we forgot.

Please read the next article: Aftermath part 2- George Floyd

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