When 9/11 happened I was working on a quilt that will forever be associated for me with that event and became a kind of affirmation in the face of evil. Now I am working on a quilt with a light in darkness theme and at first I thought, Of course, this will be a way of working through this. But the darkness of my quilt is rich and warm and full of mystery, not the jagged, cold, terrifying darkness of this event.
Unlike those parents and the families of the slain teachers whose world has been forever changed, we will all somehow absorb this shadow into our lives, along with all the other shadows we have experienced and we will continue on. Like moss covering a fallen tree, daily life will cover over the strong emotions we are all feeling right now. But will we have learned anything? Will we actually move from just emotion into action? As a nation, we must consider two questions:
- If Adam Lanza did not have semi-automatic weapons capable of spraying hundreds of bullets, how many of those children would still be alive?
- Do ordinary citizens need to own such weapons?