Updated: January 16, 2013 6:07AM
A survivor of Friday’s school massacre — a small boy — was told “get to a safe place” as the rampage unfolded at his elementary school.
A safe place?
What could be more safe, millions of parents have long believed, than a primary school for kindergartners through fourth-graders.
“We sat in our class, and we’re all happy we’re alive,” the boy told CNN Friday morning, shortly after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at his school in Newtown, Conn.
Today, America is crying right along with President Barack Obama.
Crying for the victims, their bodies quarantined inside the school long after the shooting ended.
Crying for the parents, 20 sets told that their 5- to 10-year-old children would never come home.
Crying for our collective loss of innocence.
“Our hearts are broken today,” a wrought and emotional Obama said Friday after he wiped a tear and paused, choking back more tears.
“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years,” Obama said. “And each time I learn the news I react not as a president, but as anybody else would — as a parent. And that was especially true today. I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.”
This is a moment that should shake America to its core. This is the moment to commit to ending America’s horrific gun violence.
Accepting gun violence as part of the American landscape, conceding that the Second Amendment trumps all, leaves us defenseless and despondent. Is the best we can hope for is luck — that the next shooting doesn’t hit our school, our street corner, our mall?
One Newtown mother, home with her 8-year-old after the shooting, wondered out loud in a CNN interview how she would could possibly explain what happened to her child.
The answer is simple: It is unexplainable, and it must stop.