On Dec. 14, 2012, 20 first-graders and six educators lost their lives in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. At the time, the shooting was the second deadliest to have occurred in America, behind the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting – and marked what seemed like a massive shift in the conversation about gun control. The loss of so many children at the hands of a shooter was so devastating that it brought then-President Barack Obama to tears, saying in a press conference, “I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.”
As the loss of lives from Sandy Hook weighs heavy on us today, the anniversary is a reminder that the problem is still at large. Sweeping reform may not ever come as easily as some may hope, and “thoughts and prayers” still dominate conversations. Regardless, the memory of these events looms large – and we’ll continue to push toward change, however slow that change might be.