Letter: Don't passively accept new normal of violence

Don't passively accept new normal of violence

To the editor:

Experiencing what people could call a new normal in America can bring a wide range of emotions. I felt this the day I had to be buzzed into the main entrance of my son's alma mater, Taconic High School.

As in the past I went up to the entrance and began tugging at the closed doors confident that I would find a door that was left open for visitors to enter the building. I was a bit baffled and somewhat aggravated that I did not find one and could not go directly to the administrative offices to complete my business.

My attitude changed abruptly when it occurred to me that the doors were locked as a safety measure in response to the recurring school shootings and other mass murders. A deep sadness came over me and I became tearful. I'm certain that the personal nature of my visit had an effect on my emotions. I was going to purchase some copies of an audio CD made by the Taconic Chorus, past and Present. It is one way our family supports the music/theater department and applauds the inspiring choral director and the committed students who come together to make music.

The intense range of feelings I have in regard to what happened that day compel me to speak up and write about my concerns that go way beyond the inconvenience of having to make one small adjustment to enter a school. My lament and compassion extend to people who are deeply dismayed by what has become the new normal, especially when it is a direct result of the devastating, far-reaching impact of gun violence.

I'm confident that Americans can fight the passive acceptance of the ongoing issues that bring about the disturbing negativity in most new normal(s). We can fight the good fight together and be inspired by our president's leadership, which is truly sensitive to the greater, common good for all of humanity.

During a speech that was announcing his executive actions on gun control he shed tears as he spoke of 20 school children who were victims of gun violence. When I think about the tears of President Obama, a moving quote from Washington Irving touches my heart.

"There is sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love."

Edith V. Pye, Pittsfield


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