This 6′ × 24′ graffiti mural was the work of Gamma Acosta, Longmont, Colo. “Crayons” was his statement about the Sandy Hook school massacre, done a day later. For the story of the mural and what happened to it, see “Acosta’s ‘Crayons’ mural recalls Sandy Hook.“
I repost this photo today because it embodies all the emotion and tragedy of the terrible Sandy Hook shooting that happened three years ago today. We need to be reminded that it happened, that it was horrendous, and yet three years later, not a finger has been lifted to ensure it never happens again. Mass shootings continue in this country at a horrible, unconscionable rate. And each time we all wring our hands and say, “Somebody needs to do something.” Each time we say, “This must stop!” Each time we send empty prayers and platitudes to the survivors and their loved ones. Yet each time we know what must be done.
It doesn’t really matter who does the shooting. Or why. Terrorists. Lone wolves. Gun nuts. Mentally ill. High on drugs. Fired employees. Religious fanatics. It doesn’t matter. The victims are still dead. And all were killed by the same thing.
Is nothing going to change? Is this the way life in America is going to be? I very much fear it will be, at least for the remainder of my years. Perhaps the younger generation will be wiser, or the generation after that, or the one after that.
I’d like to think I’ll live long enough to see the change, to see a return to sanity, safety, and peace in our communities. But I’m not optimistic.