The details were beyond unimaginable.
20 children murdered inside their safe haven — their elementary school.
We heard later their Christmas ornaments were still drying on the classroom windowsills.
Six faculty members gunned down trying to save them.
We learned from police the gunman Adam Lanza shot and killed himself, but not before killing his own mother.
He used a bushmaster semi-automatic rifle that day.
President Obama promised the families stricter gun laws nationwide.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg began his fight for tighter gun control forming the group Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns.
The wind up? Four states – Maryland, New York, Connecticut and Colorado — passed tougher gun laws.
But on a national scale, Newtown parents received another blow.
The gun bill including tighter background checks failed in congress despite pleas and despite tears.
Lawmakers who voted “no” like senator Kelly Ayotte were confronted by enraged family members.
Since Newtown, about 5,000 people have been killed due to gun violence.
There have also been ten mass shootings since that day.
And the debate rages on.
Gun rights advocates say they are protecting the Second Amendment.
In Australia in 1996, a murderer killed 36 people.
Gun laws — despite protest — got tighter. New laws virtually banning automatic and semi-automatic weapons were put in place. According to Reuters, the country’s suicide rate is down, as is their murder rate.
There has not been a mass shooting since.
Six months later, we are still mourning with the Newtown families.