Saturday, January 19, 2013
Noah Pozner: a call to action
What I would like to say though is that you are truly amazing. I have drawn great comfort from the support and companionship you have offered to all of us along the way and still do. I know you are on standby to do more and for this, I am deeply grateful. I wish there was a way to thank each and everyone of you personally but at this point it is all I can do to take care of my family. There is simply not enough time or energy in a single day to do much more.
But you are all in my heart and I will read your messages if you feel like writing to me personally from time to time. I can't promise I will write back but if I can, I will.
Meanwhile please keep Noah and all the other victims in your hearts and minds. President Obama said the other day that nine hundred people had died from guns in our country since the Newtown massacre of December 14, 2012. As I write, the tally has come to one thousand and nineteen (click here for updated info).
If there is one thing you can do in Noah's memory for our family today, tomorrow and forever, it is to reflect on these numbers and come up with ways to bring them down. Take your ideas to your elected officials, ask them what their positions are and what they are doing to curb gun violence in your state and in the country. Keep them focused. Make them accountable.
I know that there are no simple solutions and that, at the national level, we need to look for and find measures that stand a chance in a divided Congress. As a family we have put together an initial set of proposals that the Task Force has promised to consider. Other victim families may have done the same. You can do the same.
Whatever our positions on guns, there is one thing we probably all agree on as responsible adults: gun violence must be curbed. Let us all speak up and demand change. If we succeed, however modestly, Noah, his classmates and his teachers will not have died in vain.