From The CEO's Desk

// Grappling with the tragedy in Connecticut //

By // Dec 14, 2012 //

I’m sickened. I saw a few posts on gun control pop up in my News Feed and thought, “what just happened?” Nothing could prepare me for this.

I was just at my daughter’s holiday concert this morning. A line of twenty-five 3-5 year olds stood up there and sang their hearts out, beaming with joy and pride, and embodying the innocence of youth. And simultaneously on the East Coast, families just like mine – kids JUST LIKE OURS – had that innocence brutally and savagely ripped from them.

I’m angry, frustrated, and in complete disbelief. I can’t focus, and I can’t think about anything other the families in Newtown, Connecticut and my own children. I don’t know how we got here, and I feel helpless to change it.

We supposedly live in a “connected world”. Yet the tragedy of the events that continue to occur around the country seems to only heighten, now to levels that were previously unimaginable. If our world is so connected, how could someone commit such an incredibly DISCONNECTED act? What level of desensitization have we reached when an act that this can even enter the consciousness of another human being?

“He must have been very sick.” I don’t care. “He was clearly insane and unstable.” I don’t care. There is no explanation that anyone can give that can even come close to healing the hearts of those families in Connecticut, and the community of Newtown.

Tonight, I pray that all parents around our nation will hug their children a little tighter, and let their glance linger on them just a second longer. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to the families affected, and we pray for those beautiful and innocent lives that were cut short.

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