"SENATORS say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them."
“God has called them all home. For those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on, and make our country worthy of their memory. “Charlotte. Daniel. Olivia. Josephine. Ana. Dylan. Madeleine. Catherine. Chase. Jesse. James. Grace. Emilie. Jack. Noah. Caroline. Jessica. Benjamin. Avielle. Allison.” – President Barack Obama at the vigil for the shooting victims Sunday in Newtown, Connecticut
From writer Alexander Abad-Santos in the Atlantic magazine: "Roughly 15-hundred miles separate the elementary schools in Moore, OK and Newtown, CT. Six months separate the tragedies. And while there are marked differences between the devastating violence in these 2 towns brought so quickly and emotionally to the American spotlight, there is one uplifting constant: the courage of teachers who tried everything in their power to save the children. Because that's what teachers do."