I know the hamlet of Newtown very well, and considered moving there a couple of years ago when I decided to buy a home in Connecticut. Alas, while the community is very picturesque to the degree of being a living Norman Rockwell painting, it was just too far away from New York City. So I bought a home in southern Connecticut, one that’s near the Metro-North train line, so that I could get in and out easier.
That being said, I do know people in Newtown, good, honest, decent family people. All of them are well, and no one has been touched by the massacre directly.
I’m a staunch advocate of the Second Amendment. But I find myself at an interesting crossroads. We can’t entrust the state to protect us, but allowing some folks easy access to firearms is certainly not working out, either. I wonder what we can do, but I fear the answer.
My deepest condolences to those who know someone, or were themselves affected by, the tragedy that occurred some fifteen or so miles from where I sit writing this.