Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Noah Pozner: the way he died
Noah Pozner’s Mom Describes Newtown Victim’s Body, And Why We Should All Listen
Today I am sending you to an article I just read (thank you, S, for posting the above link in your comments). I didn't know my daughter Veronique had shared the details of Noah's death with Naomi Zeveloff, the journalist who came to interview the family two days after the tragedy. I am glad she found the strength to do it: for reasons we may never know, Noah was shot repeatedly. It haunts all of us.
These twenty kids died witnessing the horrific violence that was being done to their classmates and to their teachers. The least we can do as parents and grandparents, as a nation, as the community-at-large, is to keep the details of their deaths at the forefront of our minds together with the pictures of their sweet faces that have been circulated everywhere.
Twenty mangled little bodies are the price we paid on that day for the freedom to own high-power weapons that can be used in rampage killings. These six- and seven-year olds never had the opportunity to make a decision on gun control, they never got to elect the person who could best represent them in Congress on that issue, they had no say at all. They were born to a culture where violence is omnipresent and revered. They probably all knew about guns from movies and video games but never in their scariest nightmare could they have imagined that one day one of these guns would move off the screen and be turned against them. As a nation we armed their killer. Let's take a long look at what he did with the weapon and never forget it.
Another country said "enough is enough" and changed its laws (see Australians Urge U.S. To Look At Their Gun Laws.) Why not us? Do we care less than Australia does? Do we like our deadly toys more than we love our young?
Although I am focusing on the little ones in this post, I am certainly not forgetting the grown-ups who were tasked with educating them and died as a result. Our family knew and loved several of them and we grieve for them everyday. They too deserve that we act on their behalf.