EndNotes

No Father's Day

FILE - A U.S. flag flies at half-staff on Main Street in Newtown, Conn. on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 in honor of those killed when a gunman opened fire inside the town's Sandy Hook elementary school. In just a four-month span, New England has been the backdrop for two incidents of mass carnage - the Dec. 14, 2012 shootings in Newtown, that killed 20 children and six staff members at the school, and the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013 that killed three people and injured more than 260. (David Goldman / Associated Press)
FILE - A U.S. flag flies at half-staff on Main Street in Newtown, Conn. on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 in honor of those killed when a gunman opened fire inside the town's Sandy Hook elementary school. In just a four-month span, New England has been the backdrop for two incidents of mass carnage - the Dec. 14, 2012 shootings in Newtown, that killed 20 children and six staff members at the school, and the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013 that killed three people and injured more than 260. (David Goldman / Associated Press)

“Here is one of the worst things about having someone you love die: It happens again every single morning.”      ― Anna Quindlen

Many of us will miss our fathers this weekend as families observe Father’s Day. But we did have our time: Dad sitting in the audience as we sang, recited, walked across the stage to receive a diploma or took his arm to walk down the aisle on our wedding day.

Many children will miss their fathers, but sadly fathers will miss their children – taken too soon by gun violence.

A national campaign  startedby PICO National Network's Lifelines to Healing Campaign, urges citizens to send e-cards to Congress, urging them to pass legislation that would create universal background checks in an effort to end gun trafficking.

No father should have to bury a child. And no child should have to worry about his life ending because citizens acquire guns easily in our country – no matter who that citizen is or what their intentions or mental health may be.

May those with heavy hearts on Father’s Day find hope in the days ahead; hope that common sense and compassion dictate the acquisition of firearms.  

(S-R archives photo: A U.S. flag flies at half-staff on Main Street in Newtown, Conn. on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 in honor of those killed) 




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