Saturday, December 15, 2012


I lit a candle yesterday for the dead, wounded and horribly grieving people of Newtown, Connecticut.

I lit it for our Congressional representatives, too, those who sigh that their hearts go out, but lack the spine to keep guns from those who shouldn’t have them.

I lit it for the millions of frightened souls who believe their guns will protect them, while they’ll actually make them and their loved ones less safe.

I lit a candle for the majority of gun owners, who are sober and sane…until they’re not.

I lit a candle for our national mental health. Yes, our mental health: there’s something very wrong with us when we respond to mass random violence mainly by hoping it won’t occur in our town.

Finally, I lit a candle for a country that can’t seem to generate the courage to end this intolerable madness. Maybe we need to remind ourselves that America was once known as “the home of the brave.”


  1. Thank you Jeff. Well said. This courage you speak of is the result of understanding, and understanding will come from education. If we want to turn this around we will begin by finding the means to build an understanding of each other and the world around us. A better world begins with more understanding.