Remembering Sandy Hook, When Remembrance is Woefully Inadequate

Seven years have passed since twenty children and six educators perished at the hands of a mad mass shooter in Newtown, Connecticut. We mourned as a nation, but Republicans have thus far refused to allow our government to unite and act.

So unfortunately, today we are left with just remembering, which is woefully inadequate. But remember we shall.

We remember:

The children.

  • Charlotte Bacon, 6

  • Daniel Barden, 7

  • Olivia Engel, 6

  • Josephine Gay, 7

  • Dylan Hockley, 6

  • Madeleine Hsu, 6

  • Catherine Hubbard, 6

  • Chase Kowalski, 7

  • Jesse Lewis, 6

  • Ana Márquez-Greene, 6

  • James Mattioli, 6

  • Grace McDonnell, 7

  • Emilie Parker, 6

  • Jack Pinto, 6

  • Noah Pozner, 6

  • Caroline Previdi, 6

  • Jessica Rekos, 6

  • Avielle Richman, 6

  • Benjamin Wheeler, 6

  • Allison Wyatt, 6

Those who died protecting the children.

  • Rachel D'Avino, 29, behavior therapist

  • Dawn Hochsprung, 47, principal

  • Anne Marie Murphy, 52, special education teacher

  • Lauren Rousseau, 30, teacher

  • Mary Sherlach, 56, school psychologist

  • Victoria Leigh Soto, 27, teacher

The mother who was killed by her son, the perpetrator.

  • Nancy Lanza, 52

The wounded.

  • Natalie Hammond, 40, lead teacher

  • Deborah Pisani

We remember: a president with dignity who cried with the families.


And finally we remember that one political party - only one - is blocking and reversing meaningful action on gun violence.

We remember a Republican Congress and Donald Trump reversing President Obama’s executive order on gun violence. We remember this Democratic House passing bill after bill to take action on gun violence, and the Republican majority in the Senate blocking it at the behest of the NRA and Donald Trump.

Let’s remember today. But let’s remember, also, on election day.

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