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A Parent’s Worst Nightmare Realized: On the morning of December 14th, 2012, the Bardens went through their daily morning routine, assuming it would be like any other day. This day was different. What should have been a typical Friday morning of happiness at school with other first-graders turned into one of the most tragic, if not the most tragic mass shootings of American’s history. In a matter of less than five minutes, the lives of the Bardens and 24 other families were forever changed. A gunman entered the doors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School, shot and killed 20 first-graders, the elementary school principal, four teachers, and the school psychologist before killing himself. The shooter had killed his mother earlier that day. She was the first victim.

In the six months that have passed since the Sandy Hook massacre, almost nothing has changed in America’s gun laws. Guns remain easier to get than health insurance, a family pet, or even a bank loan. A person who shouldn’t have had guns in the first place had been taught how to shoot by his mother, who seemed to not realize the dangers of putting her son behind one of the most deadly tools of our time. Instead of preventing certain people from having access to guns, the right-wing gun lobby has stained the discussion of gun control with blood, the blood of over 5,000 Americans to be exact, since the December 14th, 2012 shooting. More people have been killed in the United State alone since December 14th, 2012 than the number of US soldiers killed in the Iraq War, and more than the number of people killed on 9/11. It took a total of 11 years to have over 4,000 US soldiers killed in the Iraq War. On US soil, it only took LESS THAN FIVE MONTHS to have over 4,000 American citizens killed, including the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre.

The pictures above illustrate the agony, the turmoil, the insurmountable pain of losing a child years before their time. These parents, along with the other 24 sets of parents that had to bury their children in the weeks after the Sandy Hook massacre, were forced to deal with something no parent should ever have to face: the death of a young child. The town of Newtown, CT had to see 19 6-year-olds and 1 5-year-old, 19 6-YEAR-OLDS AND 1 5-YEAR-OLD memorialized and then subsequently buried in a span of about two weeks. The community said goodbye to 27 people it shouldn’t have had to.

Yet the right-wing gun lobby has learned nothing. Absolutely nothing. Even though their hands are covered in blood, they still attempt to find themselves blameless in every single gun death in America. Groups such as the National Rifle Association thrive on deaths, especially by guns. If they even remotely gave a damn about the families forever changed by gun tragedies, they would help stop the insanity of what the gun lobby has become. Instead, they bleed green, and they probably will never see the light.

The picture above came from an outstanding Washington Post article, which you can read in its entirety below. The article is powerful, moving, and chilling. It will,at times, render you speechless. If your stance on gun rights remains the same after reading the article or seeing the full picture set that accompanies the article, you are cold-hearted. No gun is more precious than a human life, NONE!!!

Read the entire article, accompanied with pictures here.