5 years after Sandy Hook murders, where’s the change? Letters

Sandy Hook changed mother’s world view

Five years ago, something happened that changed the way I see the world. I didn’t know anyone who died in the Sandy Hook shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, but when I heard the news, my heart broke. I thought about the parents of the 20 first-graders killed two weeks before Christmas. I thought about the children who survived, left to cope with unbearable trauma. I thought about my own child, who would be born 11 days later, and wondered how I would ever drop him off at school, at a birthday party, at a movie theater, knowing this was possible.

Like so many, I thought, “Surely now something will change.” But five years later, very little has.

Florida legislators are considering dangerous bills that threaten to weaken our existing laws and make guns even more prevalent in Florida. For example: Senate Bill 120 would punish businesses that don’t allow guns on their properties by making them responsible for injuries that occur to concealed handgun permit holders.

Soon my son will turn 5, and I still feel a twinge of anxiety every time I drop him off at school. On the anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, I hope Florida’s lawmakers will remember those murdered children and be the change we all hoped for.

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